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Columbus Civic Center
"The Snake Pit" and "The Jungle"
Official logo
Location 400 4th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Coordinates 32°27′01″N 84°59′16″W / 32.450276, -84.987699
Broke ground May 20, 1994[1]
Opened August 9, 1996[2]
Owner City of Columbus, Georgia
Operator City of Columbus, Georgia
Construction cost $45 million[3]
($63 million in 2018 dollars[4])
Architect Odell Associates, Inc.[5]
Project Manager McDevitt Street Bovis, Inc.[6]
General Contractor Genoa Construction[7]
Tenants Columbus Cottonmouths (CHL/ECHL/SPHL) (1996–2017)
Columbus Comets (EISL) (1997)
Columbus Riverdragons (NBDL) (2001–2005)
Columbus Wardogs (AF2) (2001–2004)
Chattahoochee Valley Vipers (AIFA) (2006)
Columbus Lions (NAL) (2007–present)
Auburn Tigers (ACHA) (2010–present)
Columbus River Dragons (FHL) (2019–present)
Capacity 9,109 (concerts)
7,459 (hockey)
7,573 (indoor football)
7,671 (basketball)[8]

Columbus Civic Center is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Columbus, Georgia, built in 1996.


File:Columbus civic center panoramic.jpg

Panoramic view of a Columbus Cottonmouths hockey game

The arena was built in 1996, along with a Softball Complex, to fully complete South Commons (an area consisting of a baseball and football stadium, and a skateboard park).[9] The venue replaced the Municipal Auditorium, which was constructed in 1955.


The Columbus Civic Center is home to the Columbus Lions indoor football team, the Columbus River Dragons professional ice hockey team,[10] and the Auburn Tigers college ice hockey team. Several other sports teams have also used the arena in the past. The Columbus Cottonmouths ice hockey team played in the arena from 1996 until 2017, the Columbus Riverdragons basketball team from 2001 to 2005, the Columbus Wardogs indoor football team from 2001 to 2004, the Chattahoochee Valley Vipers indoor football team during 2006, and the Columbus Comets indoor soccer team during 1997.

The arena is also the primary concert venue in the Greater Columbus area, hosting artists such as KISS (in 1997), Kelly Clarkson (in 2009), and Lady Antebellum (in 2012). The Civic Center has also hosted several professional wrestling events, such as World Wrestling Entertainment's Friday Night Smackdown (in 2006 and 2014), and WCW Monday Nitro (in 1996).

In 2016, the arena also hosted the Columbus District Qualifier of the FIRST Robotics Competition Peachtree District. 40 teams attended this event making it the largest district qualifier of the Peachtree District, as well as the first in the history of the Peachtree District. The Fernbank LINKS (FRC Team 4468), Columbus Space Program (FRC Team 4188), and RoboMustangs (FRC Team 5074) were the winners of the event. G3 Robotics (FRC Team 1648) also won the Chairman's Award, the most prestigious award in the FIRST Robotics Competition.[11]


  1. "Columbus Begins $170 Million Civic Construction Plan". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 20, 1994. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  2. "After 47 Years, Gladys Hasn't Forgotten the People". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. August 2, 1996. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-23.
  4. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  6. "Sports and Entertainment". Bovis. Archived from the original on January 11, 1998. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2011-11-22.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
  9. South Commons Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Webarchive/data' not found.. Retrieved 2011-06-30.
  10. "Team owners reveal name, logo of new hockey team coming to Columbus". Ledger-Enquirer. May 21, 2019.
  11. FRC District Event Results:

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