Gray Civic CenterEdit profile
The Albany James H. Gray, Sr. Civic Center (Albany Civic Center for short) is an 10,240-seat multi-purpose arena in Albany, Georgia. It is home to the Albany Panthers indoor football team, playing in the Southern Indoor Football League. With the opening of the Albany Mall in 1976, long-established firms closed their stores in downtown Albany, Georgia. 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 Mayor Gray after his sudden death in 1986. It was designed to also be an arena and a convention center; as a result the arena features 46,000 square feet (4,300 m 2) of exhibit space plus an additional 6,000 square feet (600 m 2) 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 Civic 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 apart of the Albany Civic Center Complex, a group of entertainment venues located in downtown Albany, Georgia, that also includes the Albany Municipal Auditorium and the Veterans Park Amphitheater. The arena hosted part of the 1992 Great American Bash wrestling card and WCW SuperBrawl 1994 in its entirety. The Run-DMC music video for the song, " Mary, Mary", was filmed at the Albany Civic Center in 1988.