One year since Enmarket Arena got its name
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) — You’ve probably seen a show or heard of big names coming to Savannah because of the Enmarket Arena.
“The most expensive and largest municipal project ever in Savannah,” said Mayor Van Johnson.
The arena has officially been named after him for a year.
“So far it’s been pretty lighted up,” Mayor Van Johnson said.
The arena has sold approximately $175,000 worth of tickets for more than 60 shows since it opened five months ago.
“I started this process many years ago as an alderman and finishing it as mayor was exciting, but it was more important for the community to stick with it when we didn’t think it would happen. .”
Mayor Johnson says Enmarket’s investment in partnership with Oak View Group subsidized the cost of the arena and saved taxpayers money.
“Every major city has an arena named for something and it’s not because you like the name, it’s because using its name generates money.”
520 Wings is a business making more money because of it…right inside these doors
“We had a lot of people come up to us and say ‘hey, we had your wings at the Enmarket Arena,'” said Shayla Carter, general manager of 520 Wings.
It’s an opportunity the restaurant along with other locations in Savannah and Hinesville doesn’t take lightly.
“It’s almost like we’ve left town. You know, once we’re in the arena, who’s to say we can’t be in another arena. I talk about that in existence,” Carter said.
And they say they never really know what to expect but they’re always up for a show.
“It’s almost like another restaurant, so in terms of that extra income with the sold-out shows, they let us take the food truck out, so it’s double the money.”
It’s a profit, a staple, for local businesses like 520 and the City of Savannah for years and years to come.
“Big artists won’t go through Savannah anymore to get to Jacksonville or Columbia or Charlotte or Atlanta. They can do what they do right here on the Savannah,” Mayor Van Johnson said.
The arena has been a hub for graduations and in a few months it will also host the city’s hockey team, the Savannah Ghost Pirates.
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