Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority Looking For Funds, Sites For New Arena

Photo of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Autority meeting taken on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
Photo of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Autority meeting taken on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority is looking at some potential real estate for a new arena, but they are keeping quiet on where exactly that could be.

Cedrick Johnson, who chairs the Coliseum Authority, says they are currently speaking with real estate agents regarding potential sites. He says, they haven’t moved forward because a new 10,000-seat arena will cost around $110 million.

The Coliseum Authority currently has $6 million in SPLOST start-up funds to get the ball rolling. In the meantime, they’ll continue to maintain the costly James Brown Arena (JBA) and the Bell Auditorium as they work to raise the remaining $104 million they need.

“This is something we want to keep in the forefront of the community. It is important quality of life issue, like having an arena, and a James Brown Arena and a Bell Auditorium are important to our community,” Johnson told us.

Johnson didn’t indicate how many sites are being considered, or how far along in the process they are, but he anticipates 2017 to be a big year.

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