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Crown Event Center

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Crown Event Center Committee Receives 100% Design Update
(May 20, 2024)

View the May 20, 2024 Crown Event Center Project Update Presentation HERE

The Crown Complex, located at 1960 Coliseum Drive, Fayetteville is comprised of five venues, including a 2,440-seat Theatre and 4,500-seat Arena that opened in 1967; and a 10,880-seat Coliseum, 60,000-square-foot Expo Center and 9,200-square-foot Ballroom that opened in 1997.

The original Crown Theatre and Arena must close by November 2025, and the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners has approved the construction of a new state-of-the-art multipurpose event center (the Crown Event Center) to replace these facilities. The Crown Event Center will be located in Downtown Fayetteville at the intersection of Gillespie Street and Ottis F. Jones Parkway on the block between the County’s Historic Courthouse and the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

In 2022, the Board of Commissioners hired MBP Carolinas as the owner’s representative for the project and established a three-member Crown Event Center Committee includes Commissioner Jimmy Keefe, who chairs the committee, Board of Commissioners Chairman Glenn Adams and Commissioner Jeannette Council. Cumberland County Civic Center Commission Chairman McBryde Grannis serves on the Committee in an ex-officio capacity. A Project Delivery Team (PDT) was also established, which is comprised of key County staff and representation from MBP Carolinas, current Crown Complex Manager Oak View Group (OVG), project architect EwingCole and Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMaR) TA Loving/Metcon.

The Crown Event Center Committee held a kick-off meeting for the new Crown Event Center project on April 20, 2022. On Sept. 6, 2022, the Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved guiding principles for the project following an engagement process that included members of a Community Engagement Committee comprised of representation from current users of the Crown Complex, community members, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, the business community, and municipal and civic leaders.

The guiding principles are a set of value statements intended to establish a common direction for the project and inform decision-making throughout the project.

graphic outlining guiding principles for crown event center


The County hired EwingCole as the project architect in November 2022. Once on board, EwingCole engaged the Community Engagement Committee and other stakeholders to provide feedback on what they believe needs to be included in the new Crown Event Center to make it successful. This information was incorporated into the Conceptual Design process, which resulted in the Board of Commissioners approving a building program of 131,500 square feet and an updated project budget of $131,703,300 on May 15, 2023. The Board approved a Schematic Design on Aug. 15, 2023.

TA Loving/Metcon was brought on as CmaR in September 2023, and the PDT began working with the CMaR to reconcile project cost and schedule. On Jan. 23, 2024, the Crown Event Center Committee approved an updated design for the facility with a building program totaling 134,000 square feet and a total project budget of $145 million.

The PDT completed the 100% Design Development package on Apr. 29, 2024, and presented updated renderings of the new Crown Event Center’s exterior and interior spaces to the Crown Event Center Committee on May 20, 2024. The PDT will come back before the Committee in June to present the Design Development Cost Model for approval, which will then allow for the development of construction documents.

The project team currently estimates breaking ground on the new Crown Event Center in September 2024 with construction completed in early 2027.


Architect rendering of people standing in an event center lobby


Additional information related to the project and the Crown Event Center Committee will be posted on this page throughout the duration of the project.

Commissioners Move Guiding Principles Forward for Crown Event Center Project

Aug 18, 2022, 09:11 AM by User Not Found

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Crown Event Center Committee voted Tuesday to move a revised set of guiding principles forward for the project to construct a new multipurpose event center. The guiding principles are a project-specific set of values or statements that will be used to establish a common direction for the project and serve as high-level goals to inform future project decisions.

MBP Carolinas, the owner’s representative for the project, presented the Committee with the recommended guiding principles, which were revised following a series of workshops during which project stakeholders reviewed the draft guiding principles and provided feedback. The Committee, which is comprised of Commissioners Jeannette Council (who serves as chair), Jimmy Keefe, and Board Chairman Glenn Adams, voted to accept the recommended guiding principles as amended and move them forward to the full Board for consideration at their September 6, 2022, meeting.

The recommended guiding principles for the Crown Event Center project include the following:

  1. A local and regional asset that builds upon existing economic development infrastructure and is a catalyst for existing and new businesses to flourish.
  2. A venue that enhances and elevates our community as a premier destination for entertainment, events, and gatherings.
  3. A quality, evolving, and efficient venue that provides a first-class experience with a lasting impression.
  4. Premier, welcoming, and accessible experience available to all patrons.
  5. Flexible and functional venue with multiple spaces to accommodate a variety of programming:

      • Capitalize on market gap for 500-3,000 capacity
      • Diverse programming that appeals to broad ranges of interests
      • Affordable spaces to accommodate local and regional cultural programs hosted by schools, universities, arts organizations, and community organizations.
  6. An engaging community amenity that is financially self-sustaining.


MBP is also planning to hold an informational session next month for local architects, engineers and contractors to encourage local participation and provide an opportunity for them to connect with regional and national firms that are interested in the project. Additional information about this session will be shared once a date and location have been finalized.

In addition to considering the recommended guiding principles, the Board will also be asked on September 6 to approve a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an Architect for the project.

The Crown Event Center Committee went into closed session to discuss Real Property Acquisition pursuant to NCGS 143.318.11(a)(5).

For more information on the Crown Event Center project, go to https://www.cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/commissioners-group/commissioners/crown-event-center-committee.

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    Phone: 910-678-7724

    117 Dick Street
    Fayetteville, NC, NC 28301

    Contact: Brian Haney, Assistant County Manager

    Contact Us

    Phone: 910-678-7724
    Contact: Brian Haney, Assistant County Manager

    117 Dick Street
    Fayetteville, NC, NC 28301