Coliseum Authority

The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority was established to manage the operation and maintenance of the James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium, Augusta's premier entertainment venues.

Beset by problems of infighting and financial irregularities, the Coliseum Authority was revamped in May of 2009 to include new members who worked to improve the image of the body and the facilities it oversees. The hiring of arena management company Global Spectrum in 2008 dramatically improved the visibility of the facility and the quality and number of acts performing at the venues.

Opened in 1979, the James Brown Arena seats 8,500 people and was designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei.

The fourteen-member Coliseum Authority meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Civic Center complex.

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Firms vie to design new Augusta arena

Although funding isn't certain, Augusta's coliseum authority moved forward Monday with hiring a firm to design a facility to replace James Brown Arena.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

Authority to seek $15 million in SPLOST for new arena

Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday agreed to formally request $15 million in the city's next sales tax package to help fund construction of a $110 million facility to replace ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Authority reduces SPLOST goal for new arena

Rather than seeking $90 million to $110 million from Augusta's next sales tax package for a new civic center, the Coliseum Authority is looking to craft a financing deal that will include just $10 ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, June 19, 2015

Commissioners wary of plan for new arena

Commissioners are wary of committing as much as half of a new sales tax package to replacing James Brown Arena, a project coliseum authority members say will cost up to $110 million.
By Susan McCord | Friday, June 5, 2015

Support for new arena sought

The city's coliseum authority brought its case for a replacement to James Brown Arena to downtown development authority members Thursday, saying a new $110 million event arena should remain in ...
By Tim Rausch | Thursday, May 14, 2015

Arena VIP lounge nearing completion

The second-floor lounge in James Brown Arena has a bar, covered outdoor patio and restrooms for patrons who purchase annual club passes, available for $700 to $1,000, said Monty Jones, general ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012

Coliseum Authority mulls new basketball court

The James Brown Arena could become the home to the same court on which the Kentucky Wildcats were crowned 2012 NCAA Men's Division I champions.
By Steve Crawford | Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New district map proposed

ATLANTA - During a hastily called meeting of the Augusta legislative delegation Wednesday morning, Sen. Jesse Stone unveiled a new version of districts for Augusta Commission and Richmond County ...
By Walter Jones | Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Big acts keep coming to Augusta

Elton John is the latest of recent big name acts coming to the Augusta Entertainment Complex. Augusta area residents are responding well to such performers, said the marketing director for the ...
By LaTina Emerson | Sunday, March 4, 2012

James Brown Arena, Bell soon to get upgrades

About $5 million in construction projects funded by the Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority's $22.1 million bond issue are getting started at James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

James Brown Arena construction soon

While both are funded through the same Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority bond issue, improvements at James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium are taking longer to get under way than the ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

Coliseum Authority raises incentive pay

The board that oversees James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium increased the amount of incentive pay to award management firm Global Spectrum on Tuesday after a board member's late evaluation of ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011

Coliseum budget losses dip

The hole hasn't gone away, but Global Spectrum's operating deficit has gotten smaller over the firm's three years as manager of James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Authority moves forward with club seating option

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 ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fan complains of bullying in ticket line

The front of the line at James Brown Arena may be more clearly marked after a Sugarland fan said he was “bullied and publicly berated” by staff the morning concert tickets went on sale.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Augusta entertainment scene growing

In the three years since Global Spectrum was hired to manage James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium, Augusta's entertainment industry has evolved, offering bigger acts for residents.
By LaTina Emerson | Sunday, June 26, 2011

Plan for VIP seats at James Brown Arena in works

The Coliseum Authority hopes to cover persistent annual operating losses by spending $500,000 or more on new VIP seating.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Coliseum praises Global Spectrum

During its second calendar year managing the Augusta Ent­ertainment Complex, Global Spec­trum brought 11 sold-out per­formances to the stages of James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

Board will seek repair estimates

The Coliseum Authority voted Tuesday to seek qualifications from architects and engineers to oversee $5 million worth of renovations and repairs to James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.
By Sylvia Cooper | Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010

$5 million set aside to improve local venues

The Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority adopted a resolution Tuesday to issue $24 million in bonds, including $5 million for improvements at James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium.
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, July 6, 2010
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