The Illinois State Coliseum on the State Fairgrounds has been closed after engineers inspected the building and found structural deficiencies. The Coliseum was set to hold a horse show this weekend. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says for safety reasons they have decided to close the building until repairs can be made. The IDOA says that they are waiting on final engineering reports to determine the extent of the damage and how long the building will be closed. Republican State Rep. Tim Butler, whose district includes the fairgrounds says a long await fair foundation will help improve structures on the grounds but more money is needed.
The Coliseum was built in 1901 and was last refurbished in 1958.