Albany Civic Center
Albany James H. Gray, Sr. Civic Center as seen from Front Street.
|Location||100 W. Oglethorpe Blvd.
Albany, GA 31701-6808
|Owner||City of Albany, Georgia|
|Operator||City of Albany, Georgia|
9,082 (Sesame Street Live)
6,570 (Disney on Ice)
|Albany Sharp Shooters (GBA) (1991–1992)
South GA Blues (GBA) (1992–1993)
Albany State Golden Rams (SIAC) (1994–1995)
South Georgia Wildcats (af2) (2005–2009)
Albany Panthers (SIFL/PIFL) (2010–2013)
Albany Shockwave (ABA) (2012–2013)
Georgia Firebirds (AIF) (2016–present)
With the opening of the Albany Mall in 1976, most long-established firms closed their stores in downtown Albany. Mayor James H. Gray, Sr. led an effort to revitalize the downtown area by constructing a 10,240-seat civic center. The arena was named in honor of Gray after his sudden death in 1986.
The Albany Civic Center was also designed to be an arena and a convention center; as a result the arena features 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) of exhibit space plus an additional 6,000 square feet (600 m2) of meeting room space. As a rodeo arena it can seat 7,782; for Disney on Ice the arena can seat 6,570; as a basketball arena the center holds 8,436; for Sesame Street Live the arena seats 9,082; and for boxing and wrestling the arena seats 9,013. For concerts the arena seats 5,728 in a half-house configuration, 10,297 end-stage and 10,711 for a center-stage show. Up to 1,932 seats can be accommodated on the arena floor; there are only 905 retractable seats in addition to 7,794 permanent seats.
The arena is a part of the Albany Civic Center Complex, a group of entertainment venues located in downtown Albany that also includes the Albany Municipal Auditorium and the Veterans Park Amphitheater.
The Albany Civic Center hosted the NWA Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl (which aired live September 7, 1988 on TBS), the WCW Great American Bash (1992) (which aired live July 12, 1992 on pay-per-view), WCW SuperBrawl IV (which aired live February 20, 1994 on pay-per-view), and two episodes of WCW Monday Nitro (which aired live October 16, 1995 and April 22, 1996 on TNT).
The Albany Civic Center is also the former home arena of the Albany Panthers indoor football team from 2010 to 2013, last playing in the Professional Indoor Football League, the South Georgia Wildcats of the now defunct af2 indoor football league, the Albany Shockwave of the American Basketball Association, Albany State College Golden Rams basketball (after the Flood of '94) and the Albany Sharp Shooters/South GA Blues of the defunct Global Basketball Association.
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