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Will The Mid South Coliseum Be Saved?

MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - The Beatles took the stage at the Mid-South Coliseum in 1966. Elvis performed in front of a hometown crowd in the 70's. Wrestling great Jerry "The King" Lawler once drew huge crowds as well. "I literally performed there every Monday night for close to 30 years," says Lawler. The former mayoral candidate is among those who would hate to see the old arena go down for the count. "I always think it's a shame to see something fall by the wayside in the name of "progress," says Lawler. Although not yet approved by the city council, plans for continued redevelopment of the fairgrounds and adjacent Liberty Bowl include only demolition for the long empty coliseum. "The question we have to ask is there a higher and better use for that piece of land?" asks Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "I have my opinion," he adds. "I think there is," says Wharton. A non-compete clause at FedExForum en