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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.

Health Director Provides Monkeypox Update at Regular Meeting; Crown Event Center Guiding Principles Approved

Sep 6, 2022, 15:22 PM by User Not Found

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Cumberland County Health Director provided a Monkeypox update to the Board of Commissioners during their Regular Meeting at 9 a.m. on September 6, in Room 118 of the Judge E. Maurice Braswell Cumberland County Courthouse.

North Carolina

  • 332 cases
  • 99% of all cases are among men who have sex with men
  • 37% among 18-29 year olds
  • 54% among 30-49 year olds
  • 68% among Black African-American Men
  • 87% are non-Hispanic

Cumberland County

  • 10 Cases
  • Case counts are small
  • To protect personal health information, Dept. of Public Health is unable to provide information that may identify a person

During the presentation Dr. Jennifer Green outlined the background, symptoms, how the virus is spread, prevention, testing availability and the case numbers in Cumberland County versus the entire state of North Carolina.

While Green noted the current demographic breakdown in cases, she stressed that the virus can and is evolving and reminded the Board that anyone can contract monkeypox. She also discussed the importance for a person to seek testing if they have had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with monkeypox or if they have symptoms of monkeypox including new or unexplained bumps, sores, blisters, or pimples that look like monkeypox. Please visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services dashboard at ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/monkeypox for more information.

Call Cumberland County Department of Public Health for 910-433-3600 for an appointment to be tested or vaccinated.

The Board of Commissioners approved the Consent Agenda at this meeting:

  • Approval of August 15, 2022 Regular Meeting Minutes
  • Approval of Proclamation for Constitution Week
  • Approval of Grant Project Budget Ordinance Amendment #B230004 for Opioid Settlement Funds Strategy Options
  • Approval to Pay Prior Year Invoices
  • Approval of Declaration of Surplus County Property, Budget Ordinance Amendment #230790 and Authorization to Accept Insurance Settlement
  • Approval of Declaration of Surplus County Property, Budget Ordinance Amendment #231126 and Authorization to Accept Insurance Settlement
  • Approval of Sole Source Upgrade of Pneumatic Controls at Department of Social Services
  • Approval of Sole Source Upgrade of Pneumatic Controls at Detention Center
  • Approval of Sole Source Upgrade of Pneumatic Controls at East Regional Library
  • Approval of Sole Source Upgrade of Video Board Digital Media Players at the Crown Complex
  • Approval of Request to Calla Public Hearing on September 19, 2022 for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program
  • Approval of Induction of 2022 Agricultural Hall of Fame Nominee
  • Approval of Waiving Flu Vaccine Administration Fee
  • Approval of Revisions to the Department of Public Health Billing Guide
  • Approval of Temporary Display Spa Fee
  • Approval of Health Department Delinquent Accounts to be Turned Over to the NC Debt Set-Off Program
  • Approval of Sale of Surplus Real Property Located at 4210 Scary Creek Road, Fayetteville
  • Approval of Sale of Surplus Real Property Located at 6230 Canadian Avenue, Fayetteville
  • Acceptance of Offer to Purchase Surplus Property Located at 521 Martin Road, Fayetteville
  • Acceptance of Offer to Purchase Surplus Property Located at 6341 Rutherglen Drive, Fayetteville
  • Approval of Budget Ordinance Amendments for the September 6, 2022 Board of County Commissioners' Agenda

The only additional item of business discussed was the Consideration of Crown Event Center Committee Recommendations.  The Board of Commissioners approved the recommended Guiding Principles for the project and authorized the issuance of a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for Architectural Services.  The Board’s approval comes after the Crown Event Center Committee met on August 16 to receive an update from MBP, who serves as the Owner’s Representative. MBP presented the Guiding Principles which provide the foundation for development of the Crown Event Center. The Guiding Principles were first presented to the committee in May and then were further refined and revised based upon a community engagement process held on July 15 and 16.

The approved guiding principles are:

  • A local and regional asset that builds upon existing economic development infrastructure and is a catalyst for existing and new businesses to flourish.
  • A venue that enhances and elevates our community as a premier destination for entertainment, events, and gatherings.
  • A quality, evolving, and efficient venue that provides a first-class experience with a lasting impression.
  • Premier, welcoming, and accessible experience available to all patrons.
  • An engaging community amenity that is financially self-sustaining.
  • 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.

The next step is the site selection process.  Currently, the Timmons Group has been engaged to review site locations, which the Board will narrow down to two locations for the Timmons Group to conduct further analysis prior to final selection by the Board of Commissioners.  Additionally, a Public Information Session will be held September 8 at 10 a.m. in the Cumberland County Dept. of Social Services Building.

There was a closed session concerning:

  • Real Property Acquisition Pursuant to NCGS 143.318.11(a)(5)
  • Attorney-Client Matter(s) Pursuant to NCGS 143.318.11(a)(3)
  • Personnel Matter(s) Pursuant to NCGS 143.318.11(a)(6)

Please visit cumberlandcountync.gov/departments/commissioners-group/commissioners/meetings/agendas-minutes-and-videos for the meeting notes concerning this meeting and other Board of Commissioners’ meetings.

To watch the meeting and listen to the entire discussion between meeting participants of the Board of Commissioners’ Agenda Session, please visit YouTube.com/CumberlandCountyNC and for more information about Cumberland County government, visit cumberlandcountync.gov. You can also follow the county on social media by searching CumberlandCountyNC.

  • Contact Us

    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