Augusta, Ga. (August 24, 2022) – Under the direction of the Augusta-Richmond Coliseum Authority, OVG360, the provider of venue management services to the Augusta Entertainment Complex report The 2021-2022 fiscal year is the most successful in the history of the complex.
“Our team is focused on bringing world-class entertainment to the region and creating unforgettable experiences for our guests while generating revenue and managing venue expenses,” said OVG360’s Chris Bird, General Manager of the James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium. “The team in Augusta is passionate and driven to prioritize growth for the business and community.”
According to Cedric Johnson, Chairman, Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority, OVG360, the Authority significantly improved the facilities’ net operating position during the 2021-2022 budget year.
“OVG360’s bundled approach continues to provide a tremendous financial return for Augusta-Richmond County,” stated Chairman Johnson.
“Bringing in OVG360 has saved us millions since 2008. Our venue operating deficit has decreased from $1,280,922 in the fiscal year 2008 to $344,355 in the fiscal year 2022. This is a 73% reduction in the deficit since the fiscal year 2008.”
More than 161,000 guests visited the James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium in 2021-2022, attending concerts, Broadway shows, comedy, and family events. The lineup of high-quality entertainment included Jamey Johnson & Whiskey Myers, Beyond Van Gogh, Gabriel Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters, Parker McCollum, Billy Strings, Augusta Blues Festival, Santana, and Theo Von.
“We’ve had an extremely successful budget year, not only from a financial perspective, but from the quality of content coming to Augusta, and the community’s support for the events at the Augusta Entertainment Complex,” says Johnson “As we look to the future, the Coliseum Authority will continue to move toward expanding the Bell Auditorium’s offerings and building a new arena for the Augusta region.”
The next 12 months promise to be exciting at James Brown Arena and The Bell Auditorium, as OVG360 welcomes Dustin Lynch, Koe Wetzel, Charlie Wilson, Paw Patrol, Ray LaMontagne, Smokey Robinson, Kicks99 Guitar
Pull, Casting Crowns, Disney on Ice, Lindsey Buckingham, and many more!
OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, is a full-service venue management and hospitality company that helps client-partners reimagine sports, live entertainment, and convention industries for the betterment of the venue, employees, and artists, athletes, and surrounding communities. With a portfolio of more than 200 client partners spanning arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions, and state fairs around the globe, OVG360 provides a set of services, resources, and expertise designed to elevate every aspect of business that matters to venue operators. Service-oriented and driven by social responsibility, OVG360 helps facilities drive value through excellence and innovation in food services, booking, content development, sustainable operations, public health, public safety, and more.