CCC Committee considers plan that adds ballroom

By Tammy Helm-Teter The Daily Record

Those who attend shows or banquets at the Kenneth E. Cowan Civic Center don’t always see what goes on behind the scenes to make an event happen.

Entertainers have to use restroom facilities or office areas as dressing rooms. Caterers have to use the public hallway to prepare plates.

On Wednesday, the Civic Center Committee looked at a rough layout of a plan that might resolve those issues, as well as providing a mid-size area for events that are too large for the foyer, but too small for the exhibition hall.

Chairman Matt Rogers explained the idea of adding a ballroom adjacent to the exhibition hall so that both areas can be used if necessary. The addition would also include a large kitchen, but would not replace the kitchen located next to the meeting rooms. Because the addition would be located on ground level, there would be space for a loading dock.

“I don’t know how much room catering needs, but I would think this has got to be better than what we’ve got now if there were an event that you were catering in the exhibition hall,” Rogers said.

A portion of the ballroom could be partitioned off and used as additional space for plate preparation, he said.

The nearest restrooms from the exhibition hall are either close to the YMCA or down the hall from the meeting rooms. Rogers’ drawing includes restrooms and dressing rooms conveniently located near the ballroom and exhibition hall.

The ballroom could also be used for the Brumley Gospel Sing merchants’ area, which currently is in a portion of the YMCA.

“It gives a lot of mobility to any kind of event going on in there. By combining the two, you could also use them as two separate event areas at the same time,” Rogers said.

He also suggested an additional formal entry for the theatre, which would eliminate the need for people to having to climb the stairs, as the majority of the parking is in the back.

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