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see ColosseumColosseum
or Coliseum
, Ital. Colosseo, common name of the Flavian Amphitheater in Rome, near the southeast end of the Forum, between the Palatine and Esquiline hills. Begun by Vespasian, c.A.D. 75, and completed by his son Titus in A.D.
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Any large amphitheater; any large sports arena, open or roofed.

colosseum, coliseum

colosseum, 1 showing seating and plan at various levels
1.(cap.) The Flavian amphitheater in Rome.
2. Any large Roman amphitheater.
3. Now, any large sports arena, open or roofed.
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The Coliseum was run by Welshpool-based Paramount Picture Theatres until 1984.
A consultant recently told Coliseum officials it could expect to reap up to $6 million per year in naming rights, which could help net the state $1.
By late March, Shinn had abandoned his demands for a new tax-funded arena, offering to buy the coliseum for the $30 million the city still owes.
Work on the improvements will begin immediately with major work to be performed during the off-season to avoid interruptions to USC games at the Coliseum.
The frame for the Coliseum would be built off-site and assembled in the six months before the games, Flood said.
He said: "Being an ex-pupil of Ysgol Eifionydd, it''s a great shame to hear the Coliseum hasn''t opened its doors since January.
An agreement with the state could be in place early next year, which would allow the Coliseum to reach a long-term deal with USC to renovate and operate the stadium.
While it's hard to put a timeframe on the latter part of the development, sources within the Islander's organization say that the initial stage, which will lower the floor of Nassau Coliseum to make room for more rows of seating but still preserve the arena's renowned sightlines, could begin as early as 2006.
Group spokesman Aled Jones said businesses and individuals are coming forward with ideas and offers of help to reopen the Coliseum.
The expenses were mostly for work on an environmental impact report, attorneys, architects, marketing and media consultants, and travel expenses to NFL meetings, according to Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch.
Coliseum Books, a New York City landmark that stood for 27 years at 57th Street and Broadway until January 2002, will re-open in April 2003.