It's Your Arena. Help Shape It!

The development of a new arena and the surrounding canal district on Savannah's westside is one of the largest projects to ever be undertaken by the City of Savannah. The new arena site presents the opportunity to redevelop the Canal District to the west of West Boundary Street, creating a vibrant new center of activity in Savannah’s core.

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The development of a new arena and the surrounding canal district on Savannah's westside is one of the largest projects to ever be undertaken by the City of Savannah. The new arena site presents the opportunity to redevelop the Canal District to the west of West Boundary Street, creating a vibrant new center of activity in Savannah’s core.

Through this new platform, we will listen to your feedback, provide timely project updates, and report back to the community about how your feedback has contributed to decisions that are being made.

A quick platform sign up will let you provide comments and suggestions and keep you in the loop about future updates!

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  • I may have missed something in all the artist renderings, but where are these 5000+ cars supposed to park? You cannot even find parking for the civic center on busy days and it holds less people?

    epsavannah asked 5 months ago

    Hi EP Savannah.

    Studies show the City will need to provide between 2,500 and 3,000 parking spaces for the arena. The City plans a phased approach to providing those spaces, including a 500-space garage adjacent to the arena, and construction of several surface parking lots on neighboring properties. Future shared parking garages built to serve private surrounding development and the arena are expected as the larger Canal District develops.

  • What is the full seating capacity of this arena including all seating?

    weljuice asked 6 months ago

    Hi weljuice, thanks for the question! The seating capacity is planned to be approximately 10,200. In comparison, the current Civic Center capacity tops out at 7,200. 

    But the seats only tell half the story. The square footage of the MLK Jr. Arena is just 62,500 feet. The new Arena will have over 200,000. Literally 3 times the space! The structural and technological advancements that have occurred since the MLK Jr. arena was built in 1974 allow builders to do a lot more with building space than they could 50 years ago! 

  • What about traffic solutions that is the worse possible location, why so little seating most minor league teams like to see at least 11,500

    Wojoknows asked 5 months ago

    Hi Wojo, another big project coinciding with the construction of the arena is the Gwinnett Street Widening Enhancement. This will provide a direct, easy thoroughfare for the entire region to access the arena via I-16. Improvements to Stiles Avenue and Louisville Avenue are also in the works! 


    In regards to the seating, that number was determined after Barrett Sports Group conducted a feasibility study comparing similar cities with arenas. Pages 9, 10 and 14 show their conclusions. More in-depth information can be found on the comparable market analysis starting on page 65! 

    Thanks for the great questions! 

  • What is going to happen to the old civic center?

    ABG1992 asked 5 months ago

    Great Question! City Council will actually be reviewing suggestions from the Urban Land Institute at the June 6, 2019 Council work session. Check out the Urban Land Institute recommendation for the site here.