Illinois State Fairgrounds to receive a face-lift.
According to the office of State Senator Doris Turner, the fairgrounds will receive $58.1 million for new construction projects around the fairgrounds to address years of deferred maintenance.
The fairgrounds will see a number of improvements and repair projects over the next year.
Renovations to the Multi-Purpose Arena has already begun. The $8.6 million project will repair sidewalks, walls, steps, and expansion joints. It will also repair electrical systems, readjust the tension structure, install a new canopy, and rebuild the retaining walls around the facility.
Not to mention the funds will assist with the phase 2 Coliseum repairs. These will focus on electrical overhaul, underground plumbing, new seating, new restrooms, an elevator, and adding an HVAC system. This is expected to cost $16.3 million.
Senator Turner says that the investment into the fairgrounds will improve the experience for everyone, as people from all over Illinois come to Springfield to enjoy the fair. She says that these investments will draw even more tourists and provide them with a better fair experience for years to come.
This year’s Illinois State Fair takes place August 11th through 21st at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.