Big changes could be coming for Civic Center
New entertainment and concession could soon be coming to Albany's Civic Center, along with new management.
Albany City Commissioners voted on Tuesday to enter into negotiations with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor about the Civic Center.
The company would oversee management, operation, concessions and advertising at the area. Its original proposal was for a five-year contract for $625,000.
Spectra currently manages more than 150 other facilities, including ones in Macon, Tallahassee and Augusta, along with Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
Spectra Vice President of Business Development & Client Relations Peter Zingoni said they see a lot of potential in the Civic Center and would invest $250,000 into it.
"A lot of the discussions we've had with a lot of the agents and promoters in the industry, they're very interested in the market, and I think with Spectra's marketing initiatives, I think it'll be a great example and a great opportunity to bring more content and marketing opportunities into town," Zingoni said.
Zingoni told commissioners Spectra is "100 percent committed" to retaining current Civic Center employees.
City Manager Sharon Subadan said their goal is to have a contract for commissioners to consider by their next meeting in two weeks, which could then be in effect by April if approved.