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Posted on: February 20, 2023

New Members added to Arena Project User Group

(Athens, Ga) – Athens-Clarke County Manager Blaine Williams has appointed two new members to the SPLOST Project User Group for The Classic Center Arena, which is set to open in early 2024. The Project User Group provides input and guidance to the arena’s planning and design team professionals.

Katherine Stein, Director of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and Melvin Robinson, Director of Business Development East at AECOM, have filled the two positions for the User Group. The group meets monthly to engage in planning and design reviews throughout the design phase.

Katherine Stein’s expertise in creating and managing policies regulating the products at Hargrett Library and Melvin Robinson’s expertise in utilizing resources with sports and higher education at AECOM will add tremendous value to creating a sustainable future for The Classic Center Arena.

The Project User Group for the new arena consists of six members that are charged with the oversight of all Design Team Professionals on behalf of the Athens Clarke County Government. Other members of the User Group include Paul Cramer, Chantel Dunham, David Barbe, and Andrew Saunders.



Located in Athens, Georgia, The Classic Center is a multi-use conference center, performing arts theatre, a multi-purpose arena, and outdoor, covered pavilion hosting conventions, conferences, meetings, weddings, concerts, sporting tournaments, and special events for up to 6,000 people. 


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