Let’s Talk About This New Arena Coming To Augusta
Let’s talk about this new arena coming to Augusta. I for one couldn’t be more excited. As a radio professional who manages two radio stations, this opens up so many opportunities to partner with Augusta Entertainment Complex to promote bigger shows. This is a tremendous opportunity for the community as well because it helps Augusta become a destination to come see popular artists. It’s also an opportunity to revitalize downtown which the community has been calling for since well before my wife and I moved here. With the new arena will come bigger and better things and I’ve seen it first hand.
A New Arena A New City
I’m originally from Greenville, SC. Currently, Greenville is one of the most popular cities in the U.S. and has been growing exponentially for about the last 10 years. However, not that long ago people didn’t just walk down to the area where the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy River is now. A new arena however would begin the project of revitalizing Greenville.
The First Step In The Right Direction
In the early 90s, the city decided it was time for a new arena. The Greenville Memorial Auditorium had become a worn down, out-of-date, brick and concrete square that wasn’t very attractive to the city skyline. I can remember my parents always saying how much of an eye-sore it was. In the mid-90s, construction on what would eventually be called the Bi-Lo Center would begin and I remember almost immediately shows being announced. The buzz around the city was beginning and it hasn’t really stopped since. The next big project was revitalizing Falls Park on the Reedy River and what started as a sight to see for locals, is now a destination people from around the world seek out.
The Popular Phrase Around Here
When my wife and I moved to Augusta in 2016, I remember walking downtown and saying, “Oh Augusta has so much potential! This place could easily be Greenville.” Six months later I realized that phrase was pretty common throughout the entire metro area.
When You Build It The People Will Come
There were those who voted “No” to building the new arena and I respect their opinions on the matter. However, this city is in need of taking a big step forward and the “Yes” vote on the new arena has solidified that first step. I for one am tired of driving two hours away to go see my favorite artists live. When this arena gets built, more people will be coming to us and feeding our local economy so they can see their favorite artists. Instead of talking about “the potential Augusta has”, let’s talk about this new arena coming to Augusta.