Event Center set for grand opening
From Staff Reports
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Rocky Mount Event Center will host its grand opening at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The event will feature some of the first tours of the facility along with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and performances by The Tams, Deep Fried Funk and a free concert by George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.
The grand opening ceremonies also will feature some local talent. Grammy-nominated gospel artist Luther Barnes, senior pastor of the Restoration Worship Center in Rocky Mount, will perform and the Tar River Children’s Chorus Ensemble will sing the national anthem.
“We anticipate that the night of the Event Center’s grand opening will be memorable,” City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney said. “Adding to our excitement is the number of talented, local musicians who will perform in front of many of their family, friends and associates to commemorate the opening of the building.”
The facility will host a family-friendly Halloween event, Spooktacular Oktoberfest, from 4-7 p.m. on Oct. 27, which will feature family-fun activities and special guests.
The Harlem Globetrotters will be the first main attraction at the Event Center at 4 p.m. Nov. 4. A few weeks later, R&B artist Keith Sweat and friends will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.
Tickets for both events are on sale online at rockymountevents.com.
Another big headliner coming in April 2019 is American gospel singer, songwriter and recording artist Shirley Caesar.
The field house also has 17 contracted sporting events and several contracts being finalized. Upcoming sports events include volleyball and basketball tournaments as well as cheer, dance and gymnastic competitions. Some of the larger tournaments will bring over 300 teams to city, with the first one coming in December, said Ashley Pittman, marketing manager for the Event Center.
“Having our schedule full prior to opening has been very exciting for our team,” she said. “While we are happy to be able to have banquet rooms to accommodate private parties and events as well as entertainment, our primary goal is to make a difference in the kids who have a passion for sports. We want to be able to give them opportunities to play along with lifelong memories at Rocky Mount Event Center.
“That’s what we’re most excited about.”
Pre-bookings for private parties and events have been a success so far for the Event Center, Pittman said. Both the Nash and Edgecombe banquet rooms are slated to be occupied every weekend once the facility opens, with over 25 contracted events on the calendar.
Some of the contracted events will include the Jim Dickens First Responders Appreciation Dinner on Nov. 13, numerous corporate Christmas parties, the Alumni Ball on Thanksgiving weekend, a few weddings and many other social events.
For booking information on the meeting rooms and banquet spaces, contact Jacqueline Elder at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sports events and tournament bookings, contact Marcus Murrell at email@example.com.