SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Enmarket Arena grand opening has been delayed due to supply chain issues and the recent COVID-19 surge, Mayor Van Johnson announced at his weekly press conference Tuesday.
“Frankly, I think that we over-promised a little bit and in our anticipation of over-promising, we ignored the realities of the time we are living in,” Johnson said.
Johnson says the remainder of the work is to be completed in the coming weeks and the required inspections will follow, allowing the arena to fully open by February.
“We anticipated the arena opening without any disruptions,” Johnson said. “I think we were not thinking that we would have the omicron variant which has affected our contractors.”
Several events planned for this week were canceled, including Earth, Wind & Fire and country music singer Riley Green’s tour stop. Riley Green’s show is rescheduled for Feb. 6 and the Earth, Wind and Fire concert is rescheduled to Feb. 9. The city says ticketholders will be contacted directly.
“It is disappointing to have to take a step back and hit the pause button on the opening of Savannah’s new Enmarket Arena after having announced a scheduled opening date late last year,” said Johnson. “However, that disappointment does not eclipse the necessity of being sure we have a complete, safe facility, with all the necessary inspections in-hand, that is ready to welcome Savannahians for music, laughs and memories in the years to come.”
However, the city has no plans to cancel the upcoming The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi or Keith Urban shows.
“The goal of this again, do it right, get it right,” Johnson said of the city’s desire to refrain from cutting corners in the construction and opening of the arena.
Although the delay is disappointing to eventgoers, Johnson assured they would eventually appreciate the two-week delay to properly complete the arena.