LYNCHBURG, Va. — Roanoke has one. Salem does too. But can our part of Virginia support a third civic center?
Some in Lynchburg believe one is needed in the Hill City.
Lynchburg is home to many things, but one thing it doesn't have - a large civic center.
"While we have some very nice facilities here, we don't have anything that can accommodate several hundred people," said Rex Hammond, President and CEO of the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
The Vines Center at Liberty University is the closest thing the city has to a civic arena. While that building is used for many public events, some believe a stand-alone civic center is needed too.
"(A civic center) would offer a flexibility that the community could use it as well for its purposes," said Hammond, who adds that the city gets passed over for shows and conventions all the time because it doesn't have a large facility that can play host.