Consultants say Tuscaloosa can support new event venue

After two years, a global pandemic, and hours of study, a group of consultants are now reporting that Tuscaloosa could house and benefit from a new convention, sports and events facility.

A 20,000-square-foot venue could attract some of the events Tuscaloosa lost in 2020, according to Chicago-based Johnson Consulting.

Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports estimates these missed opportunities equated to about 34,000 lost hotel room stays this year.

It would also help fill a gap that now exists with current facilities — the Bryant Conference Center has a total area of ​​more than 30,000 square feet, but its largest space is just over 10,000 square feet — and larger spaces that are already active and are enshrined in the convention and sports tourism markets.

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