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Workers find damage at arena; renovations to take longer

TUPELO — Renovations at the BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo are going to take a little longer.

The arena is undergoing a $1.8 million project to repair, replace and paint the exterior insulation finishing system that covers the building.

Director Todd Hunt says workers found more water damage than expected, including a few rusted columns and metal studs, so more work must be done.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Hunt says the extra work totals $91,130 and will add 34 days to the completion date, which is now Sept. 19.

The arena will celebrate its 20th anniversary this fall, with a special concert season planned. So far, two concerts for this season have been announced: Backstreet Boys on Aug. 28 and John Fogerty on Oct. 22.

 — Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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