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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

January 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Civic center Director John Mazzola says ticket sales is what they want to see more of in 2009.

Football, and other local events are held here through the year, but bringing more acts and bookings from outside is what will fill the seats here.

"We're going after every event we can get, the peanut commission is returning," said John Mazzola, Civic Center Director. 

Comedian and Radio host Steve Harvey is also coming back to Albany.

He sold more than 3,000 tickets each for two shows in 2007.

"He's here at the Albany civic center it's his second time here in Albany he'll be here on Saturday march 7th," said Mazzola.

As another big act returns, one major even scheduled here in November 2008 was canceled because of poor ticket sales.

Fewer than 200 of 7,500 tickets sold for national Gospel Artists Kirk Franklin.

The concert was canceled costing the promoter thousands.

"Every time a shot cancels for poor ticket sales, it always hurts and that's just the culture of our community. We need to educate our people if they want to see events they need to buy the tickets when they go on sale," said Mazzola.

But managers here are looking at what they can do in the future.

The world famous Lipizzaner Stallions, the dancing white horses, will be in Albany on January 23.

"WWE will be returning in March and we're waiting for the conformation on the date," said Mazzola.

He said trying to bring events to fill the 10,200 seats is something they continually work on.

"In our economy as there's not a lot of touring talent out there and there's not a lot of disposable income in our pockets, so the promoter they look at that and they've scaled back perhaps their touring as well," said Mazzola.

He says as for now the first quarter for the Civic Center looks promising.

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