Like the white jumpsuits an overweight Elvis Presley wore in his later years, a time capsule commemorating the King's last performance was just a little too tight. The container of fan letters and other memorabilia was to be sealed Tuesday in a marker on the former site of Market Square Arena downtown, where Elvis performed his final concert on June 26, 1977.
But the capsule was too wide to fit inside the marker. So it was sent to a welder for repairs in time for the memorial's dedication, scheduled for Wednesday. The time capsule will hold letters from Elvis fans around the world, the original schedule from Elvis' 1977 tour donated by the singer's estate at Graceland and a cassette tape of the final concert. Included will be a scarf Elvis gave to a fan, Kay Lipps, during the Market Square Arena show. A plaque with pictures of Elvis and Market Square Arena will sit atop the memorial, with a dedication reading in part: "Elvis has left the building."