Charleston Civic Center upgrades include new name
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In an effort to boost tourism, the Charleston Civic Center is rolling out a new name as a major renovation project nears completion: the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center.
General Manager John Robertson told the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the new name better reflects the purpose of the building and has elements to appeal to a wider audience. He said professional meeting planners want to go to a convention center and touring artists prefer to perform at a coliseum.
The name change has been handled in stages due to expenses and timing. It is in the final stages of a nearly $98 million renovation that includes upgrades and an expansion.
Robertson says the facility hopes to hold a grand opening event in October.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.