Authority moves forward with club seating option

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 6:31 PM
Last updated 7:55 PM
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Preliminary cost estimates to construct club seating at James Brown Arena came in at around $619,000, but project architect Nick Dickinson told members of Augusta’s coliseum authority today he expected the actual cost to be lower.

“We think the price will come down,” said Dickinson, architect for the club seating and other renovations in the works at James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.

The renovations are being funded using a $5 million portion of Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority’s $25 million bond issue, $19 million of which is going to construct the new downtown TEE Center.

Dickinson said he expected Augusta’s competitive construction market likely would draw 12-14 contractors interested in building the club seating that will drive the construction price down.

Authority members got a glimpse at two sketches of the club seating, which vice-chairman Brad Usry said already was generating much interest from groups seeking naming rights and memberships.

By paying a membership fee, patrons will have access to a private indoor-outdoor lounge, premium parking spaces, high-end food and beverage service and the best seats for each event, according to an improvement plan developed by Loudermilk Group for Global Spectrum, the firm that manages both facilities.

The fees are expected to generate as much as $300,000 in extra annual income, Usry said.

That's good, because the authority's year-to-date net loss of just $301,000 benefitted greatly from hotel-motel bed tax collections that next year will go toward bond payments, authority accountant Brenda Carroll said.

"As far as revenue goes, we had an exceptionally strong year, only because of the hotel-motel tax windfall," Carroll said.

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blues550
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blues550 07/26/11 - 06:14 pm
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Well done as they move
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Well done as they move forward. Just keeps getting better.

hockeymann
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hockeymann 07/26/11 - 06:32 pm
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That should be really great,

That should be really great, and probably at least 5 hockey fans will be able to afford or want that. Meanwhile, as they go about spending over
$600,000 to please someone on the Coliseum Authority and Monty Jones, it would make a lot more sense to repair the sound system, which is totally unable to be understood in one end of the arena, and to repair the steps at each end that are shaky, uneven, & have no handrails (an accident waiting for Ken Nugent). We also could very much use a new,
modern scoreboard & screen, like all other arenas our team goes to. We
need this stuff far more than any skyboxes. These problems have been
present now for at least 4 years with no proper maintenance. I suggest
replacing the Coliseum Authority and firing Monty Jones outfit.
By the way, Global Spectrum, who was quoted above, has just been fired in 9 Central Hockey League cities for mismanagement and losing
money, so I'd be sure and get all that "good advice" they have...

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iLove 07/26/11 - 06:55 pm
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I wish they would get a new
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I wish they would get a new sign for the JBA, it TOTALLY SUCKS. What a way to honor a legend. . . .great job Augusta.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/27/11 - 03:37 am
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Folks, I just don't see this

Folks, I just don't see this being a good and sustainable idea. Maybe I just don't get what it is exactly these people will be getting for their money. Personally, I don't think I'll like being made to sit in crappier seats.

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corgimom 07/27/11 - 06:39 am
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"but project architect Nick

"but project architect Nick Dickinson told members of Augusta’s coliseum authority today he expected the actual cost to be lower."

Sure.

mtxbass1
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mtxbass1 07/27/11 - 07:12 am
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People in the area already

People in the area already complain that the price of tickets to events are too high. Who exactly are they trying to target with these seats? To be honest, if you have money and want to see an act, odds are you can drive/fly to a different city.

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billyjones1949 07/27/11 - 07:40 am
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I don't have any problem

I don't have any problem going to see an act. I am just not going to pay $75.00, $85.00 and up per ticket to see a concert.

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broad street narrow mind 07/27/11 - 07:43 am
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how does this authority work?
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how does this authority work? what was austin rhodes saying about the coliseum authrity and their ability to build things without any outside permission in regards to deke's field of schemes? who is on the coliseum board now? are any of them past their term?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/27/11 - 10:25 am
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deke's field of schemes You

deke's field of schemes

You have to laugh at that.

hockeymann
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hockeymann 07/27/11 - 04:12 pm
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Why doesn't Monty Jones and

Why doesn't Monty Jones and Global Spectrum get on here and tell us how the JB Arena just allows the sound system to deterioriate for one
end of the arena...How the steps on each end down nto the glass are so
poorly constructed they are wobbly, uneven, and have no hand rails..And, how they ruined the big overhead scoreboard when moving it
\up & down at cutting horse shows, and refused to ever repair or replace
it..All other similar arenas we compete with do not have the problems,
most of which have been like this for 4-5 years. Why can't they fix what they already have before spending $600,000+ on skyboxes very few will
want to pay money to sit in. Let Monty Jones and Brad Usry get on here
and explain the extremely poor maintenance of the JB Arena.

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corgimom 07/27/11 - 07:43 pm
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"I am just not going to pay

"I am just not going to pay $75.00, $85.00 and up per ticket to see a concert."

It'll be way more than that for boxes.

The boxes will be used by the same people that want to spend millions on a new ballpark.

What I don't get is WHY the citizens of Augusta keep taking this, and taking this, and taking this?

Look at all the schools that didn't make APY, look at the test results of underperforming schools, the Federal gov't is pouring millions into 3 RC high schools because they are so bad (and nobody is mentioning what will happen when the money runs out, because the same social problems that caused them to be bad will still be there 3 years from now), police and fire personnel is being furloughed, road projects are being delayed, but concert boxes are being installed?

What is WRONG with people?

But this part is funny:

"premium parking spaces"- yeah, they will rope off an area and put a police officer there, the premium will be that your car won't get broken into during the event.

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Austin Rhodes 07/27/11 - 10:04 pm
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The Authority was

The Authority was re-configured after the William Fennoy - Woody Merry "throwdown", with great pains taken to seek mature and intelligent leadership skills in each and every nominee for the MUCH smaller Authority. All are current on their terms.

Corgi...God bless you dear, but $75-85 per ticket and UP is the going rate for top flight entertainment. You sit home while the rest of the city fills up the joint.

It is the Authority's job to keep that Arena clean and BOOKED...HM...take pictures of what you describe and post them on FB...I bet it will get some attention...

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hockeymann 07/28/11 - 02:00 pm
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Austin, there is no way to

Austin, there is no way to take a picture of the poor sound system. There is also no way to get a picture of the broken large overhead
scoreboard, as it was removed and reportedly junked as "unfixable".
As to the unsafe steps at each end, leading down to the glass, one
need only look or walk down them to see no handrails and experience
the wobbly, unsafe steps. No p-hoto will adequately express that. By
the way, I called in the day you had the arena lady(2nd in command)
on your show, and I told her then about the poor sound system & unsafe
steps. She promised attention to it then. No words since from anyone at
the JB Arena. All of this is needed far more than any premium skyboxes,
which will do little to make our "antique" arena any better. Even Fayette-
ville, Columbus, & Huntsville, which have old arenas, have all these things mentioned in great shape, and all have big scoreboards with screens for replays, etc.(which also serve as places for good advertising
that might bring in revenues to cover costs for them being refurbished).
Global Spectrum has been fired in at least 9 or more arenas in Central
Hockey league cities this year. It's time to fire them here too!!

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