Members of the Lowndes County Commission and other community leaders are studying the feasibility of building a new, multi-use civic arena that could seat thousands for a variety of events.

The type of center under consideration as a future county project would have flooring that could be added or removed, depending on the type of event. The facility would easily convert from an agricultural venue to an entertainment venue, housing everything from a tractor pull or rodeo to a concert or play.

With the explosion in retail offerings currently underway, and the expansion of both the university and the hospital, this community will continue to be a regional draw for shopping, education, employment and health care. Why not be a regional draw for entertainment as well?

A multi-use facility that could house a variety of events is needed in our community as current facilities are becoming outdated and are inadequate for future needs. The arena should be placed on enough land, preferably near the interstate and perimeter road for easy access from the region, to accommodate future expansions beyond the initial project.

Our county leaders should be encouraged as they go forward with this study and continue to look beyond today in ensuring the future health and economic wellbeing of this community.

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