|Albany Civic Center|
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Albany Civic Center as seen from Front Street.
|Full name||Albany James H. Gray Sr. Civic Center|
|Location||100 West Oglethorpe Boulevard|
Albany, Georgia 31701-6808
|Owner||City of Albany, Georgia|
|Operator||City of Albany, Georgia|
|Tenants||Albany Sharp Shooters (GBA) (1991–1992)|
South GA Blues (GBA) (1992)
Albany State Golden Rams (SIAC) (1994–1995)
South Georgia Wildcats (af2) (2005–2009)
Albany Panthers (SIFL/PIFL) (2010–2013)
Albany Shockwave (ABA) (2012–2013)
Georgia Firebirds (AIF/NAL) (2016–2017)
9,082 (Sesame Street Live)
6,570 (Disney on Ice)
With the opening of the Albany Mall in 1976, most long-established firms closed their stores in downtown Albany. Mayor James H. Gray, Sr. led an effort to revitalize the downtown area by constructing a 10,240-seat civic center. The arena was named in honor of Gray after his sudden death in 1986.
The Albany Civic Center was also designed to be an arena and a convention center; as a result the arena features 46,000 square feet (4,300 m2) of exhibit space plus an additional 6,000 square feet (600 m2) of meeting room space. As a rodeo arena it can seat 7,782; for Disney on Ice the arena can seat 6,570; as a basketball arena the center holds 8,436; for Sesame Street Live the arena seats 9,082; and for boxing and wrestling the arena seats 9,013. For concerts the arena seats 5,728 in a half-house configuration, 10,297 end-stage and 10,711 for a center-stage show. Up to 1,932 seats can be accommodated on the arena floor; there are only 905 retractable seats in addition to 7,794 permanent seats.
The arena is a part of the Albany Civic Center Complex, a group of entertainment venues located in downtown Albany that also includes the Albany Municipal Auditorium and the Veterans Park Amphitheater.
From 1987 to 1992, the Albany Civic Center hosted The SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.
Run-DMC music video for the song, "Mary, Mary", was filmed at the Albany Civic Center in 1988.
The Albany Civic Center hosted several professional wrestling events. This included NWA's Clash of the Champions III: Fall Brawl (which aired live September 7, 1988, on TBS). In addition it hosted WCW's pay-per-views Great American Bash (1992), and SuperBrawl IV, in addition to two episodes of WCW Monday Nitro (which aired live October 16, 1995, and April 22, 1996, on TNT).
The Albany Civic Center is also the former home arena of the Albany Panthers indoor football team from 2010 to 2013, last playing in the Professional Indoor Football League, the South Georgia Wildcats of the now defunct af2 indoor football league, the Albany Shockwave of the American Basketball Association, Albany State College Golden Rams basketball (after the Flood of '94) and the Albany Sharp Shooters/South GA Blues of the defunct Global Basketball Association.
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