Study to evaluate expansion of Salisbury civic center

Maryland Stadium Authority OKs look at Wicomico Youth and Civic Center

December 07, 2010|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Stadium Authority approved a $70,000 feasibility study of Salisbury's Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, which will host the Harlem Globetrotters and a rodeo competition, among other events, in 2011.

The stadium authority voted Tuesday in favor of the state-funded study that will evaluate costs of expanding the more-than-30-year-old complex, which proponents say need to be expanded in order to remain competitive.

The county's Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism operates the civic center, and requested the study of possible projects, including renovating the existing structure and adding another on top of a parking lot across the street.

"It's very successful, [but] they would like to do more regional events," said Jan Hardesty, Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman.

The civic center competes with 29 other venues, including Ocean City's Roland E. Powell Convention Center in neighboring Worcester County, according to its website. It hosts 850 events each year, including two national wrestling tournaments and the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club International Poodle Show, generating $1,573,000 in revenue annually, its site says.

The study, requested by Wicomico County, was previously approved by the budget committees of the state legislature after the stadium board's approval.

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