Athens leaders consider plans for amphitheater, arena

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) – Athens officials are discussing plans to build an amphitheater – or perhaps an enclosed arena instead – in the downtown area of the northeast Georgia city.

An open-air amphitheater is included in a master plan for downtown Athens.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that Paul Cramer, executive director of The Classic Center downtown, is proposing that an enclosed arena be considered.

The newspaper reports that Cramer raised the idea of an enclosed arena during a recent meeting of The Classic Center Authority, the board that oversees the existing downtown convention and performance space. Cramer says an enclosed arena would get more use than an open-air amphitheater.

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