Phase 3 of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan to keep the state shut down purportedly offers some relief to entertainment venues that have been closed since March.
Phase 3 goes into effect Friday, Oct. 2 at 5 p.m., and what does that mean for Greensboro’s largest entertainment venue, the Greensboro Coliseum Complex?
Not much, according to Greensboro Coliseum Public Relations Manager Andrew Brown.
Brown said that they were still crunching numbers at the Coliseum to see if it made sense to open any of the venues. That includes the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, which was scheduled to hold its grand opening on March 20 – and that and every other event scheduled for The Tanger has been cancelled.
In an email, Brown stated, “The Phase 3 limits on mass gatherings remain at 25 for indoors and 50 for outdoors (same as Phase 2.5). Thus, our recent activity at the Coliseum has largely been limited to events in the parking lot – drive-in movies, drive-thru COVID testing, etc., and a few smaller indoor events (for example, there is community blood drive today in Piedmont Hall).”
Brown said that Phase 3 did include a “conference occupancy” of up to 100 and the Coliseum staff is currently trying to determine what types of events that would cover.
Brown states, “Our busiest venue continues to be the Greensboro Aquatic Center which has been hosting recreational swimming for GAC members, swim team practices and fitness classes since June 1. The GAC’s activity has now also expanded to hosting swim meets (no parents/spectators in the stands but we are streaming the races for online viewing) and the facility continues to prepare as the site for the 2020 USA Diving National Championship in December.”
As far as The Tanger goes, Brown stated, “The opening for the Tanger Center remains to be determined as it’s uncertain when it will be feasible to hold live entertainment events there or in the Coliseum. Operating ticketed events as less than full capacity is not economically viable and is subject to the public’s willingness to attend large gatherings.”