City of Savannah Public Communications

Posted on: July 13, 2017

Arena-Canal District Tour Highlights Future Growth

Savannah Arena

For Immediate Release
Date: July 13, 2017

The City of Savannah continues to move forward with its plans to build a new Savannah Arena, which will be located just southwest of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District.

Today Mayor Eddie DeLoach, City Manager Rob Hernandez and Assistant City Manager Peter Shonka led members of the media on a two-hour tour of the arena site and other city-owned property that will be transformed into the new Canal District and public-private development partnerships.

The planned new arena, to be funded with voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), will be located between Louisville Road and Gwinnett Street west of West Boundary Street.

The arena project will also include the renovation of the City’s historic Water Works building. The 19,000-square-foot Water Works building was built in 1892 to serve the Savannah area water supply. The masonry structure, which is an example of turn-of-the century industrial architecture, will be preserved and used for meeting and event space.

The Arena will be located within the larger Canal District – 120 acres of mostly vacant land that will include a system of parks, water features and recreational fields that will connect the National Historic Landmark District with the Historic Carver Heights neighborhood. This would include approximately three miles of walking and biking trails, nearly of mile of recreational boating along the Springfield Canal and sports activity fields.

Mayor DeLoach said, “We are going to build an arena here the people can be proud of and put facilities around it that people will be proud of.”

In addition to providing connectivity and new development, improving the existing Springfield Canal will help reduce flooding in large areas of Savannah’s westside.

“I think we can develop this Canal District and Arena in a way that we improve drainage and preserve our history,” Shonka said. “We are going to bring MLK and Carver Heights into this arena area and this will be an extension of the downtown area.”

The City already has the funding to build the arena. Funding the additional projects could come from public-private partnerships, bonds, or future SPLOST funding.

“All this is going together but it’s going to take a big lift, it’s a huge lift but this is a project that will change what Savannah is,” Mayor DeLoach said.

For information on the arena development process, go to

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Email

Other News in City of Savannah Public Communications

Savannah Piloting Electric Vehicles

Posted on: March 19, 2018

City Response to Deck Collapse

Posted on: March 19, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE: Council Work Session

Posted on: March 13, 2018

City Cancels Traffic Court March 6-8

Posted on: March 2, 2018

Council Approves Marijuana Ordinance

Posted on: March 1, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE: Council Work Session

Posted on: February 28, 2018

District 3 Town Hall Set for March 1

Posted on: February 27, 2018

City Cancels Traffic Court February 27-29

Posted on: February 22, 2018

City Cancels Thursday’s Traffic Court

Posted on: February 21, 2018

Savannah Named Tree City USA

Posted on: February 20, 2018

Council Sets St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Posted on: February 14, 2018

Applications Open for Summer 500

Posted on: February 14, 2018

Mayor DeLoach Delivers State of the City

Posted on: February 13, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE: Council Work Session

Posted on: February 12, 2018

City Breaks Ground on New Windsor Park

Posted on: February 6, 2018

State Designates Savannah as IT Corridor

Posted on: February 1, 2018

City crews respond to minor sewage spill

Posted on: January 26, 2018

Update on President Street Project

Posted on: January 26, 2018

City Announces Interim Police Chief

Posted on: January 17, 2018

City Council Passes 2018 Budget

Posted on: December 22, 2017

City offers free holiday parking

Posted on: November 20, 2017

Mayor Pro Tem Completes Dual Degree

Posted on: November 14, 2017

District 5 Town Hall Meeting on Oct. 25

Posted on: October 17, 2017

City crews respond to minor sewage spill

Posted on: October 13, 2017

City Unveils $220K United Way Goal

Posted on: October 5, 2017

City Selected for Digital Library Grant

Posted on: September 5, 2017

September episode of City Span now on SGTV

Posted on: September 5, 2017

City Council votes to dissolve SCMPD

Posted on: July 21, 2017