The Battery Atlanta just across the street may be the new kid on the block, but the Cobb Galleria Centre and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre remain major economic drivers in the county per the groups’ joint 2023 Annual Report, released earlier this month.

Owned and operated collectively (along with the Artsbridge Foundation) by the Cobb-Marietta Coliseum and Exhibit Hall Authority, the pair of venues hosted a total of 413 events with attendance of more than 426,000 in 2023. On the Galleria side that meant hosting 213 conventions, events, resulting in an economic impact of $145 million.

Meanwhile the Cobb Energy Centre continues to be one of the Southeast’s premier venues for concerts, opera, ballet, Broadway shows and more. The Atlanta Opera and Atlanta Ballet are both full-time residents, while comedians including Jim Gaffigan and Taylor Tomlinson and performers ranging from Frankie Valli to Rodney Carrington made up some of the 200 total performances put on over the course of the year.

Nearly $8 million in sales, income, local option, hotel/motel and liquor by the drink taxes are directly attributable to events held at the venues.

Economists are often mixed on the true value of publicly funded sports stadiums and arenas, pointing out that they are used relatively infrequently compared to the daily traffic of residents and businesses. Not so for the Cobb Galleria and Performing Arts Centre, averaging well over one event per day, meaning this economic engine in southeast Cobb is revving day in and day out, all year ’round.

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