Columbus Civic Center
|"The Snake Pit" and "The Jungle"|
|Location||400 4th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901
|Owner||City of Columbus, Georgia|
|Operator||City of Columbus, Georgia|
|Broke ground||May 20, 1994|
|Opened||August 9, 1996|
|Construction cost||$45 million
($67.7 million in 2015 dollars)
|Project manager||Draper & Associates|
|General contractor||Genoa Construction|
|Columbus Cottonmouths (SPHL) (1996-present)
Columbus Lions (PIFL) (2007-present)
Auburn University (ACHA) (2010-2011)
Columbus Riverdragons (NBDL) (2001-2005)
Columbus Wardogs (AF2) (2001-2004)
Chattahoochee Valley Vipers (AIFA) ( 2006)
Columbus Comets (EISL) (1997)
The arena was built in 1996, along with a Softball Complex, to fully complete South Commons (an area consisting of a baseball and football stadium, and a skateboard park). The venue replaced the Municipal Auditorium, which was constructed in 1955.
The Columbus Civi Center is home to the Columbus Cottonmouths ice hockey team, Auburn University ice hockey team, and the Columbus Lions indoor football team. Several other sports teams have also used the arena in the past. The Columbus Riverdragons basketball played in the arena from 2001-2005, the Columbus Wardogs indoor football team from 2001–2004, the Chattahoochee Valley Vipers indoor football team during 2006, and the Columbus Comets indoor soccer team during 1997.
The arena is also the primary concert venue in the Greater Columbus area, hosting artists such as KISS (in 1997), Kelly Clarkson (in 2009), and Lady Antebellum (in 2012). The Civic Center has also hosted several professional wrestling events, such as World Wrestling Entertainment's Friday Night Smackdown (in 2006 and 2014), and WCW Monday Nitro (in 1996).
- "Columbus Begins $170 Million Civic Construction Plan". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 20, 1994. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- "After 47 Years, Gladys Hasn't Forgotten the People". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. August 2, 1996.
- South Commons. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
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