On November 5, 2019, Athens-Clarke County residents approved SPLOST 2020, which continued using one penny of sales tax to fund improvement projects across the community. The Classic Center Arena was one of 37 projects on the list.
The Classic Center Arena project includes the design and construction of a new public assembly arena space and related areas to accommodate a permanent seating capacity of approximately 5,500 with a concert capacity of 7,000. Two separate studies have confirmed that this facility will provide $30 million of economic impact to the Athens-Clarke County community, 90,000 new room nights annually, and 600 new jobs.
The Classic Center is seeking input about this facility so the project is reflective of the Athens community and beneficial to its constituents. Residents can help determine the details by sharing their opinions on the project. Attend any of these three public engagement session meetings in-person or virtually to be a part of the conversation:
- Session #1 - April 5, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | The Classic Center Grand Hall
- Session #2 - April 19, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | The Classic Center Grand Hall
- Session #3 - May 10, 2021 | 6:30 p.m. | Location TBD
Sessions will be socially distanced, and all attendees are required to wear a mask. All meetings will be live streamed on The Classic Center's YouTube page and sessions will be recorded and added to The Classic Center's website following the discussion for those that are unable to attend. Reservations are not required.
Visit www.classiccenter.com/arenadevelopment for more information.