The Albany James H. Gray, Sr. Civic Center (Albany Civic Center for short) is an 10,240-seat multi-purpose arena in Albany, Georgia, United States.HistoryWith 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 46000sqft of exhibit space plus an additional 6000sqft 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.Featured eventsThe Albany Civic Center is the home arena for the Georgia Firebirds indoor football team playing in the National Arena League.
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