Business Is Bouncing Back At The Mississippi Coast Coliseum And Convention Center

When it comes to getting the coliseum and convention center ready for events, Bill Holmes says his staff operates a lot like a championship football team.

"If there were a superbowl for a coliseum staff turning over events, I think our staff would take the superbowl," says Bill Holmes, Executive Director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center.

His staff of 21, including security, administration and maintenance, don't mind taking the credit.

"Definitely, I agree with him. They're a good bunch of guys. We have a good boss too," says David Ross, Operations Manager.

The coliseum hosted a basketball tournament Saturday.  A mere 24 hours later a World Wrestling Entertainment match would take place in the same space.

"Who would have thought that we'd schedule wrestling 3 months ago that the New Orleans Saints would be playing at 2:00 p.m.  We're selling over 5,000 tickets. You know it's all about supporting the events that come here, and that's why the people keep coming back," says Holmes.

The area's willingness to support events just keeps more events lined up for the team to tackle.

"In the convention center, we're working almost 18 hours a day, 7 days a week to get the convention center ready for next weekend," says Holmes.

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, Holmes says the convention center will be ready just in time for a celebration next weekend. He's expecting some 4,000 people. And this is just the start of a game plan that Holmes says is a sure win.

"We have 58 pieces of businesses that want to come into the facility between January 27th and June 30th," says Holmes.

With businesses lined up, staying ahead of the game is one goal coliseum executives say they'll reach. The executive director says major renovations will start on the convention center in July. At the same time, the convention will undergo an expansion which will double the size of the center.