Building a new Augusta Coliseum in the wrong location and with anything less than 15,000 seats, so it can compete with the coliseums in Columbia and Atlanta, will be a waste of valuable time and money – our tax money.
When you study a map of Richmond and surrounding counties, and consider where the majority of ticket sales for the James Brown Arena come from – west Augusta and Columbia County – one predominant location stands out above all others.
A new Augusta Coliseum would stand the best chance of financial success if it were built on Riverwatch Parkway near Interstate 20 overlooking the Savannah River – preferably in a joint civic-government partnership between the citizens of Columbia and Richmond Counties.
Yes, downtown Augusta might work as a possible location, but, regrettably, all the downtown land along the Savannah River, Augusta’s most underappreciated resource, is taken – save the last piece, the old city pension property, which I’m told is soon to be sold.
It’s time we decided to make the new Augusta Coliseum, if it ever gets built, profitable so it doesn’t remain a burden on taxpayers – and so the millions of dollars collected in Richmond County hotel and motel taxes can be spent on other needed community projects, rather than solely devoted to financially shoring up the current James Brown Arena.