Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
With an organization-wide vision of Southern hospitality and world-class customer service, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) seeks to ensure that the visitors and events that come to the area have a positive experience. Our responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and management of Charlotte’s public assembly facilities which include Bojangles’ Coliseum, the Charlotte Convention Center, Ovens Auditorium, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Time Warner Cable Arena. Guided by three main mission objectives, the CRVA markets by bringing visitors and events to the Charlotte region, manages by making the visitors’ experience positive and the events successful, and maximizes by marketing and managing in a way that continues to bring visitors and events back to the region.
The 13-member board of directors gives leadership and guidance to Chief Executive Officer Tom Murray. Management staff of the CRVA reports directly to the board which in turn is accountable to the City of Charlotte and the Mayor’s office.
The CRVA benefits from a Visitors Advisory Committee, a 30+ member volunteer committee comprised of leaders from the hospitality industry in the region. This committee gives input to the board of directors on a variety of issues pertinent to this growing industry.
The CRVA manages city-owned assets whose value exceeds $500 million, employs 200 fulltime employees and a variety of temporary positions and has an annual operating budget of $50 million. On an annual basis, the CRVA facilities host over 600 events attended by approximately 2 million residents and visitors.
Visit Charlotte, formerly known as the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau, operates as the sales and marketing component of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA).
Bojangles’ Coliseum, located at 2700 East Independence Boulevard, is just minutes from Center City Charlotte. The historic venue hosts concerts, family shows, world-class figure skating, rodeo and bull riding competitions, and a host of other diverse entertainment events for all ages to enjoy.
The landmark dome opened in 1955 as Charlotte’s first coliseum and served as the region’s major sports and entertainment facility for over 30 years. The building closed in 1988, but after extensive refurbishing and retrofitting, 11,000 seat venue reopened to the public in 1993. The renovation restored the coliseum’s classic ambiance.
The celebrated facility has been known by many names: Charlotte Coliseum, Independence Arena, Cricket Arena and now Bojangles’ Coliseum. Through the years the name has changed, yet one thing has remained the same. The quality entertainment that is experienced at Bojangles’ Coliseum creates memories that last a lifetime.
Charlotte Convention Center
The Charlotte Convention Center opened in 1995 as the perfect venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theater-style conferences, attracting more than half a million visitors each year. From its gracefully arched entrances to the glass concourses beyond, the Center was designed to be elegant and inviting.
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Crossing the finish line in May 2010, the NASCAR Hall of Fame is “where the race lives on.” Packed with state-of-the-art exhibits, interactive elements, artifacts and more, there’s plenty to excite and engage visitors of all ages and interest levels in NASCAR. Connected to the Charlotte Convention Center via an over-street walkway, visitors will be captivated by features such as the striking Great Hall, Glory Road filled with monumental stock cars, a 275-seat Full Throttle Theater, and much more. The 40,000 sq. ft. Crown Ballroom operated by the Convention Center is also located here.
Ovens Auditorium, located adjacent to Bojangles’ Coliseum on East Independence Boulevard, opened along with the original Coliseum in 1955. For nearly half a century, world-greats have graced the stage of Ovens Auditorium. With a seating capacity of approximately 2,460, Ovens has hosted more than 7,000 events, attended by 9.4 million people.
Ovens Auditorium has hosted top events and performances from the Billy Graham Crusade to Bob Hope and Bruce Springsteen. Broadway Shows, symphony concerts, opera, dance recitals and nationally known speakers have also found a home at Ovens, along with countless thousands of graduates who have walked across its stage to receive their diplomas.
Time Warner Cable Arena
This fabulous arena opened on Friday, October 21, 2005 as home of the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats and AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. The Arena hosts a spectrum of events from professional and amateur sporting competitions to national and international draws in the family and entertainment arena, such as The Rolling Stones, Elton John and U2.
This technological state-of-the-art, beautifully-decorated facility is a $265 million project in the heart of the center city. In addition to creating a high level of excitement and fan support, the arena is expected to attract a host of center city restaurants, shopping and nightlife.