James Brown Arena
|Former names||Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center|
|Location||601 7th Street
Augusta, GA 30901
|Owner||Augusta / Richmond County Coliseum Authority|
|Opened||1974 (Exhibition hall)
January 24, 1980 (Arena)
|Construction cost||$11 million
($52.6 million in 2014 dollars)
|Architect||Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Holroyd, Johnson, Hughes, Beattie & Davis
|Structural engineer||LeMessurier Associates|
|Services engineer||Cosentini Associates LLP|
|Augusta Lynx (ECHL) (1998–2008)
Augusta Colts (AIFA) (2006–2008)
Augusta Riverhawks (SPHL) (2010–2013)
The James Brown Arena (formerly known as the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center) is part of the multi-purpose complex, The Augusta Entertainment Complex in Augusta, Georgia, and currently managed by Global Spectrum.
It features an 8,500 seat arena, renamed the James Brown Arena, in honor of musician James Brown on August 22, 2006. The complex also features a 2,690 seat theater, the William B. Bell Auditorium, and a 14,500-square-foot (1,350 m2) exhibit hall that opens into a 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) arena floor.
The James Brown Arena is the former home of the ECHL's Augusta Lynx from 1998–2008, the af2's Augusta Stallions from 2000–2002, the American Indoor Football Association's Augusta Colts from 2006-2008, and the Southern Professional Hockey League's Augusta RiverHawks from 2010–2013.
The Arena hosted UFC 11.
The arena has also hosted many concerts and pro wrestling events, including ECW's December to Dismember in 2006. Many bands have played the arena including Van Halen, Rush, Heart, Bob Seger, REO Speedwagon, KISS, Bon Jovi, Molly Hatchet, John Cougar, Kansas, Charlie Daniels Band, Alabama, Blackfoot, Mother's Finest, Ratt, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Marshall Tucker Band, and Loverboy.
The center-hung Fair Play scoreboard dates to the arena's opening in 1980, and in recent years has been joined by additional scoreboards and a Trans-Lux LED video display which can be found at each end of the arena.
In late February 2013, the arena's ice system malfunctioned, causing all of the arena's ice to melt. As a result, following the playing of the remaining 2012-13 regular season games at the RiverHawks practice facility, the Augusta RiverHawks suspended operations for the 2013-14 season. After team owner Bob Kerzner, the city of Augusta, and Global Spectrum failed to reach an agreement on how to replace the $1.2 million ice system, Kerzner and the SPHL announced that the RiverHawks would move to Macon and resume play as the Macon Mayhem for the 2015-16 SPHL season.
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