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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. On this web page, learn more about the arena project.



Timeline of Activity

 Date  Action Taken
June 2017 City Council approves a $1.7 million design services contract for a new City Lot facility to make way for the development of the arena. The existing City Lot, located at Stiles and Gwinnett Street, includes a group of outdated and undersized cinderblock buildings that house much of the City’s public works functions. Those buildings will be demolished, while the historic Water Works building on the site will be restored and incorporated into the larger Canal District plan. A new more customer-friendly facility will be built at City-owned property at 14 Interchange Court. Read the agenda item.
May 2017 City Council receives presentation on the civic master plan for the planned Canal District, which will improve drainage throughout the westside and connect the arena to surrounding neighborhoods and downtown via a 55-acre park with water features, walking and biking paths, and athletic fields.    Watch the workshop online.
June 2016 City Council votes to confirm location of arena at Gwinnett Street and Stiles Avenue, located a third of a mile west of the Historic District. View a map of the arena location.
May 2016 City-hired Barrett Sports Group presents comprehensive market and site study on the proposed new arena and analysis of existing Civic Center site.
February 2016 Arena and canal district subcommittees present their final reports to Council. Watch the workshop online.
December 2015 The City awards contract for final design plans for a widened and rebuilt West Gwinnett Street, which will include new lighting and pedestrian facilities, to handle increased arena-related traffic and connect the Canal District with downtown.
July 2014 Subcommittees are formed with local residents and stakeholders to research and make recommendations to City Council in a number of areas regarding the arena: Business Development, Community Education & Engagement, Greenway Planning, Mobility and Transportation, Programming Potential, and Utilization of Current Civic Center. 
November 2013  Chatham County voters approve SPLOST 6 referendum, which includes up to $120 million for a new arena, revenue that would be collected from 1% sales tax over next six years.


Arena and Canal District