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James Brown Arena's new club lounge set to open next month

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 8:06 PM
Last updated 9:19 PM
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Construction of the Windsor Room, a new VIP lounge in James Brown Arena named for sponsor Donnie Thompson’s jewelry business, is on track for a grand opening in mid- to late October, officials said.

The second-floor lounge has a bar, covered outdoor patio and restrooms for patrons who purchase annual club passes, available for $700 to $1,000, said Monty Jones, the general manager of the entertainment complex.

Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority unanimously approved a handful of change orders related to the project Tuesday.

“With the way it sounds, we could go over that cap,” authority board member Shirley Darby said of the project’s budget. “Every time we come, there’s something new.”

The changes allow for the addition of a transformer to accommodate large televisions the coliseum hopes area businesses will sponsor, Jones said.

The project, part of a $5 million renovation of James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium, remains under its $500,000 budget cap, Jones said.

The changes also were offset by the sale of recycled materials removed during construction, facilities director Josh Smalls said. Recycling materials netted the project about $14,000, according to Smalls.

At the authority’s regular board meeting Tuesday, the group also approved its budget for fiscal 2013, which started July 1. The budget anticipates revenues of $700,000 in hotel-motel taxes and expenses of $85,000 for accounting fees and $30,000 for legal bills.

The authority also approved the budget for Global Spectrum, the firm it pays to run the complex. Global’s budget showed projected event revenues including ticket sales of approximately $7.8 million, but an operating loss of about $700,000.

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Ruckus
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Ruckus 09/26/12 - 07:29 am
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VIP

Theres not enough acts that come through the city for a VIP lounge.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/26/12 - 10:08 am
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Well, good for Donnie T, but

Well, good for Donnie T, but the whole concept is like putting luxury box seats in a high school stadium. Kind of out of place and tacky at the JB Arena.

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seenitB4 09/26/12 - 10:36 am
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I'll pass on that....thanks

I'll pass on that....thanks anyway.

omnomnom
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omnomnom 09/26/12 - 12:09 pm
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if they want to net more from

if GS wants to net more from ticket sales they'd do better off discounting ticket price gradually during concerts / games

also slight discount for early purchases.. like $2-8 depending on ticket prices

the average Augustan won't be in the VIP room. unless he's cleaning something.

TigerJD
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TigerJD 09/26/12 - 02:39 pm
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the average Augustan won't be in the VIP room

Looks like somebody is missing the point of a VIP room.

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SPARKSTER83 09/27/12 - 09:09 am
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I THINK WITH ALL THE MONEY
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I THINK WITH ALL THE MONEY DONNY THOMPSON HAS, HE COULD FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO WITH HIS MONEY.EVER HEARD OF CHARITY DONNIE????? NO YOU CHOOSE TO CATER TO THE UPPER CRUST OF AUGUSTA .WATCH OUT CAUSE ONE DAY YOU WILL HAVE TO ANSWER TO SOMONE ALOT HIGHER UP THAN YOU ARE.GOD GIVETH AND GOD TAKETH AWAY.AMEN.

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SPARKSTER83 09/27/12 - 09:11 am
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OH IN CASE ANYONE CARES I AM
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OH IN CASE ANYONE CARES I AM WELL OFF MY SELF,SO I AM NOT HATEN,I JUST CARE ABOUT PEOPLE LESS FORTUNATE.

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