Savannah Civic Center

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Savannah Civic Center
Address 301 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, GA 31401-3643
Location Savannah Historic District
Owner City of Savannah
Operator City of Savannah
Opened 1974
Construction cost
$8 million
($38.9 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Enclosed space
Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena
Capacity 7,200
Savannah Spirits (CBA) (1986–1988)
Savannah Rug Ratz (EISL) (1997–1998)
Savannah Steam (AIF) (2016)

The Savannah Civic Center is a multi-purpose facility located in Savannah, Georgia, in Savannah Historic District. Built in 1974, the facility consists of four venues; the Martin Luther King Arena, Johnny Mercer Theatre, West & East Promenades and the Civic Center Grand Ballroom. Throughout the years, the center has hosted various concerts, conventions, exhibits, high school and college graduations, trade shows, theatre, ballet and comedy. The center also offers event planning, a national A/V company and production management.

Each year, the civic center hosts nearly 900 events including, the Savannah Tire Hockey Classic, which awards the "Thrasher Cup" and numerous meetings are held in the building's meeting wings. It was home to the Savannah Bees basketball team, the Continental Basketball Association's Savannah Spirits basketball team and the Savannah Rug Ratz soccer team of the EISL. The arena was the host venue of the 1986-87 Big South Conference's men's basketball tournament.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Arena 9,600
Johnny Mercer Theatre 2,524
East and West Promenades 400
Civic Center Grand Ballroom 400


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017.