Columbus Civic Center

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

Columbus Civic Center
"The Snake Pit" and "The Jungle"
Location400 4th Street
Columbus, Georgia 31901
Coordinates32.450276°N 84.987699°W / 32.450276; -84.987699
OwnerCity of Columbus, Georgia
OperatorCity of Columbus, Georgia
Capacity9,109 (concerts)
7,459 (hockey)
7,573 (indoor football)
7,671 (basketball)[1]
Broke groundMay 20, 1994[2]
OpenedAugust 9, 1996[3]
Construction cost$45 million[4]
($71.9 million in 2018 dollars[5])
ArchitectOdell Associates, Inc.[6]
Project managerMcDevitt Street Bovis, Inc.[7]
General contractorGenoa Construction[8]
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 (FPHL) (2019–present)


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. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2013-02-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Columbus Begins $170 Million Civic Construction Plan". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 20, 1994. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  3. "After 47 Years, Gladys Hasn't Forgotten the People". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. August 2, 1996. Retrieved September 15, 2011.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  7. "Sports and Entertainment". Bovis. Archived from the original on January 11, 1998. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2011-11-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. South Commons Archived 2011-07-02 at the Wayback Machine. 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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