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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Business is off to a much better start in the New Year for the Albany Civic Center. Tickets are on sale right now for several big shows. Managers say they're working to bring more events to the downtown attraction.

"It has been hectic," said Civic Center Box Office employee Kenya Newsome. Tuesday was a busy day at the Albany Civic Center. "Hand over hand," said Newsome.

Newsome says she's barely been able to take a break the past couple of days. "I'm going, going, going," said Newsome, "you think it's about to die down and soon as you're about to take a seat and rest, a crowd comes up."

Crowds are buying tickets, a difference from months ago. "Everybody has been coming," said Newsome.

"I came all the way from Tifton, Georgia," said ticket buyer Faye Jackson.

Faye Jackson just got her hands on six tickets to an upcoming comedy show, the second show she's bought tickets for this month. "All of them have been good. I wouldn't drive this far if they weren't," said Jackson.

Customers like Jackson are driving up sales at the Albany Civic Center. "We're busy. Our first quarter is probably the biggest at the Albany Civic Center and Municipal Auditorium, I'm going to say in at least three years," said Civic Center Director John Mazzola.

Between January and March, there's a total of ten ticketed events at both venues. "This is really a culmination of the last ten or eleven months of deal making and getting shows that are routing through our Southeast region," said Mazzola.

This weekend, the Monster Truck Winter Nationals will roll through town. Next month there are two big shows--Steve Harvey's Tear Your Mouth Out Comedy Tour and Larry the Cable Guy. "Steve Harvey is doing great. Larry the Cable Guy is doing blockbuster numbers," said Mazzola.

Mazzola hopes to keep that momentum going throughout 2009. "We've got some other events that are in the works that are a little bit different from what we've done but it's just a slow, plotting process," said Mazzola.

Many have complained about a lack of events at the Civic Center. "To me it's a big improvement from what it once was," said Newsome.

Improvement will keep Newsome on her toes. "We expect it to be much busier," said Newsome. That means more hectic days as long as the events keep coming.

WWE Raw is also coming to the Civic Center in March and John Mazzola says the upcoming Wildcats arena football season will also help fill seats at the Civic Center.

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