Viewpoint: Who should run the Civic Center?

January 27, 2009

What do Foreigner, Van Halen, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Heart , all have in common?

The answer is: They all played to big crowds at the Albany Civic Center. A decade ago, or longer!

When's the last time you heard of a big name act playing the Albany Civic Center?

Comedian Steve Harvey had a good date here, and we hear he's booked for another show in March.

Wrestling comes to town from time to time, and the WWE is booked for a night of matches in the Spring.

But really, when do any big name musical acts ever take the stage here? The answer is RARELY.

Top artists stop for dates at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, and they play dates in Atlanta. Albany isn't on the Interstate, but it's not THAT far out of the way for them to play the Civic Center. But they don't, and we'd like to know why.

What we do know is that Albany has had a revolving door of employees tasked with getting business for the Civic Center, but not only does it sit idle most of the time, the Jehovah's Witnesses even told Albany to take a hike.

Isn't it time to take a new approach to drumming up business for the Civic Center? City employees get their same paycheck whether they book 200 shows a year-- or ZERO.

Why doesn't the city commission explore hiring an outside talent agency, or some company that's in the business, to GET more business for South Georgia's largest arena?