The Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center opened in November of 1992. The Center housed a 50,000 square foot Exhibit Hall and additional meeting and break out space. The Performing Arts Center opened shortly thereafter and added a 702-seat theatre to the facility.
Growth of business and tourism in Gwinnett County and surrounding areas prompted a feasibility study for a possible facility expansion. This study determined that not only was the addition of a 21,600 square foot Grand Ballroom necessary, but also a 13,000 seat arena.
The Thomas P. “Tommy” Hughes Grand Ballroom opened in October of 2002, with the opening of The Arena following in February of 2003. With all of this growth it seemed fitting to update the facility name. The Arena, Convention Center and Performing Arts Theatre now make up Gwinnett Center.
Our inaugural year was a huge success- with $9,511,000 in gross ticket sales, 206,000 tickets sold and 30 concerts. Alan Jackson, Avril Lavigne, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, George Strait and Sarah Brightman are just a few of the people that have come through our doors. We are also home to Gwinnett Gladiators hockey.