It's disappointing to see what's become of this famous landmark. The fact that there are so few restrooms and concession stands, that the outer concourses are so narrow, and that it sits in the middle of nothing, have rendered it outdated for many years. But now it's starting to look neglected.
The restrooms haven't changed in years and smell badly every time, and the concrete steps in the seating area are black with dirt and grime. The formerly white ceiling panels are brown with age and look every dirty. There are no restaurants or bars anywhere close by and the concession menu is limited to hot dogs, nachos, and popcorn, and even those leave a lot to be desired. Many (or probably most) events in the arena are scheduled in conjunction with other events on the grounds (state fair, rodeo and cattle show, tractor pull and machinery show, etc.), so mobile "food courts" are often available nearby, but nothing you'd want to make a meal of.
If you're used to the amenities, atmosphere, conveniences, and food/drink options in places like the Yum Center in downtown Louisville and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, you're going to be very disappointed if you expect those luxuries at Freedom Hall. Unfortunately, even if renovations were undertaken to spruce the place up, I doubt anything can be done about the lack of restrooms and concession stands. It is what it is, and that's an arena that opened in the 1950s, that "looks" like it opened in the 1950s, and that time has passed by.
I assume that the state has no plans to tear Freedom Hall down, so if that's the case, they should at least try to renovate it to prevent it from falling into further disrepair.
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