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Final Preparations Taking Place for Coliseum Opening

Posted October 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The Crown Coliseum opens Thursday night with the city's new minor league hockey team taking the ice. Question is, is everything ready?

It may not look like it but thousands of people will file into Cumberland County's new coliseum Thursday night. On the eve of the grand opening, there was a sense of urgency felt by workers. There were still phones to hang, wires to cover, rails to grind. And with little time to spare.

Kendall Wall, coliseum general manager, said the time schedule was a little closer than he had hoped for.

A small army of workers fans out across the seating and concourse areas to polish up the Crown. Willie Starks, a worker, hopes the coliseum will shine in its debut.

For a while, the coliseum will be rough around the edges. For instance, the visiting teams will have to use old school lockers until the new ones are in.

Wall said the coliseum will be under construction for a while.

Finished or not, the facility looks fabulous to Fayetteville Force players.

Some people may wonder why the opening wasn't delayed until all the work was done. Doing so would have cost the coliseum several big events and perhaps the hockey season, all of which equaled more than a million dollars.