Steubenville South, a Catholic youth conference, is making its return to Alexandria and the Rapides Parish Coliseum this weekend.
The conference brings in thousands of high schoolers from across the South to Cenla for three days.
As News Channel Five's Brooke Buford found out, Steubenville's return may now be more important than ever, because of a decision that you're going to make in November.
17-year-old Adrienne Prevost has been coming to Steubenville South conferences in Alexandria for three years now.
"The first time I came they said this is the largest out of all of the conferences," said Prevost. "I was like, in Alexandria, Louisiana? Are you serious?" she said.
The Catholic youth conference has been held in Alexandria for the last 18 years, and for 17 of those, it's been held at the Rapides Parish Coliseum.
"The weekend is a weekend for young people to come and experience Christ in a new way," said Christina Theriot, Coordinator of Steubenville South. "It's a three day Friday through Sunday where they come and spend the whole year fundraising to get to this conference and listen to speakers on different topics."
And according to conference organizers, there's a reason they keep coming back here.
"Alexandria is a great place for this to be. The community of people have reached out from restaurants to businesses. Even from the week ahead to the week after. Everybody who comes in here from the lights and the sound, it's amazing how we all pull together."
But Coliseum operators tell us, improvements to the arena are needed - $23 million dollars in improvements to be exact. They say they need new chairs, new speakers, lights, sky boxes and plumbing are also on the to-do list.
These improvements, Coliseum employees say, will ensure that groups like Steubenville will continue to come back year after year.
"The Coliseum is still having shows, we'll continue to have shows just like we have every year for the last 47 years. We just want to be able to renovate things and make it a better place to where we can have even more things for the community," said Katherine Touchet, Asst. Director at the Coliseum.
And that's a goal Adrienne says she'll be happy to see come true.
You will have the chance to vote on those improvements to the Coliseum. The $23 million dollar vote will be on the ballot in November.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 14:16:34 GMT
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