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AUGUSTA ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX WINS TOP VENUE HONOR IN COMCAST SPECTACOR EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Augusta, Ga. (March 9, 2017) – The Augusta Entertainment Complex, coming off a record-setting year, was named Small Venue of the Year by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor. Spectra provides Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, Ticketing & Fan Engagement, and corporate partnership solutions to the Augusta Entertainment Complex.
The award is part of a series of annual internal awards that were created by employees throughout Comcast Spectacor to recognize their peers in achievements such as Venue of the Year, General Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Best Team of the Year. It was Spectra’s Augusta team’s innovative approach at the Complex and their ability to exceed budget over the past two years that proved deserving of this award.
For the second consecutive year, the Augusta Entertainment Complex has recorded the most successful fiscal year in its history. The Spectra venue also lowered its operating costs for the third consecutive year. During the 2016-17 fiscal year, Spectra hosted 129 events, and 33 more events than the previous year, which propelled Spectra to exceed its targets once again. According to the trade publication, Venues Today, The Bell Auditorium ranked #5 throughout Georgia in gross ticket sales FY2016.
The Augusta Entertainment Complex, which includes James Brown Arena and The Bell Auditorium, is committed to being an active part of the community. The Spectra team continues to participate in a large number of community events and volunteering opportunities, working closely with Boys & Girls Club of Augusta, Red Cross of Augusta, Southeastern Burn Foundation, United Way of Augusta, Leukemia & Lymphoma Augusta Chapter, Shepeard Community Blood Center, St John Towers, James Brown Family Foundation and Comcast Cares Day.
Spectra’s Chris Bird, who serves as General Manager at the Augusta Entertainment Complex, was also nominated for the Ed Snider Award, which was established to honor the company’s late chairman, Ed Snider, who passed away in April of 2016. The award recognizes an individual that embodies Ed’s entrepreneurial spirit and his devotion to philanthropy – the fundamentals that Spectra was built upon. This nominee goes above and beyond to carry out Ed Snider’s vision. Bird exemplifies these qualities by his passion to for our local community and its leaders. He sits on several local boards including United Way, Southeastern Burn Foundation, Westobou Festival, and this past year was a participant in The Leukemia Lymphoma Society Man of the Year campaign.
“It’s an honor to be chosen as Comcast Spectacor’s small venue of the year,” says Bird. “We pride ourselves on being great partners with the Coliseum Authority and together we are committed to providing top-notch quality entertainment and further enhancing the quality of life here in Augusta.”
“On behalf of the Augusta Richmond County Coliseum Authority, I’d like to congratulate Chris and his team on this award,” says Chairman Cedric Johnson. “We certainly appreciate the relationship we continue to have with the Spectra staff at The Augusta Entertainment Complex. Their efforts on the local level do not go unnoticed, and we’re pleased they are recognized as an asset to the company as a whole.”