Groups interested in saving Mid-South Coliseum get a look inside

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For the first time in ten years the public is getting a look inside the Mid-South Coliseum.

The historic building where The Beatles, Elvis, Prince and James Brown all performed closed for good in 2006.

The city is letting groups interested in saving the structure take a look around.

Only serious groups with experts such as architects, or historians were granted access Tuesday.

One group that went through told WREG they want to turn the coliseum  into a Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Mid-South Coliseum was once the home base for professional wrestling in the United States.

“The Mid-South is home to a lot of great wrestlers and wrestling history, and everybody got their start in Memphis,” said CJ Hurt.

Pro Wrestler Dustin Starr used to wrestle with some of the greats at the coliseum.

He got the chance to see he old stomping grounds.

He said the building is a bit dirty, but that is no reason to tear it down.

“I’ve seen some ideas for a pavilion where they would get the building and have some concerts and obviously some wrestling,” said Starr.

DSG Commercial said they are also interested in the building, but as a 5,000-6,000 seat concert venue.

“It’s an iconic building and the idea is to put this building back to its natural use.  It’s a landmark. It’s a historic building,” said Brian Saulsberry.

He admitted the building needs lots work and it would take private money and the right people to make it happen.

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