Groundbreaking for Tanger performing arts center in Greensboro set for April 26

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Groundbreaking will take place for the Steven Tanger Center for Performing Arts on April 26, according to Walker Sanders, president of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Construction crews are expected to begin work on May 2.

“This is going to be a first class facility,” Sanders said. “It took longer to build than we thought because we didn't want to compromise on what we thought the community said they wanted to do.”

Sanders said the community wanted a place they could be able to see everything from a comedy act to rock concert, even a Broadway show.

“You only do this once and we are not going to cut corners, we are going to do this the right way,” Sanders said.

The nearly $80 million, 3,000-seat center will be designed to replace the former War Memorial Auditorium at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Money needed to build the space has already been raised.

Kathy Manning is in charge of fundraising for the center. She says getting people to donate was an easy sell.

“People are excited about having a building that will attract people to downtown,” Manning said. “Not having to drive to DPAC to see the latest Broadway shows. The symphony can't wait to get in this building for their new home and we'll have a wide variety of performances.”

This will be phase one of construction, which will include site work and utility work.

The performing arts center is set to open in the spring of 2019.