Brian Graham Stays Close to Home at Augusta Sports Council

By Lisa R. Schoolcraft, April 9, 2019

What facilities in the Augusta area do you have to work with?

We are fortunate to have a diverse inventory of sports venues in the area available to us—too many to name in fact. We are home to the National Barrel Horse Association and the Professional Disc Golf Association, and both of those national governing bodies have great competition facilities. Our location, weather, affordability, and abundance of natural resources such as the Savannah River and Lake Thurmond are also great benefits in recruiting events.

Are there facilities you’d like to see added to the Augusta area that will allow you to promote new sporting events to the community?

I am looking forward to engaging with the convention center and hotels near our state cyber campus here in Augusta to inventory and upgrade their technology infrastructure to a world-class level so that we can recruit and host national and international esports events. The city is also in the early planning stages of planning for a new arena, so we are determined to be involved in those discussions so that the new facility is flexible enough to host many types of indoor sports events.

What else should we know about your new role?

Augusta is booming right now with economic development, positive energy, and community pride that is at an all-time high. I am ecstatic to serve in my new role as CEO of the Augusta Sports Council at such a defining and opportunistic time for our community. I am blessed to be surrounded by a supportive board, talented staff, and an industry of people, many of whom I consider to be some of my closest friends. I am confident that my past experience as an events planner and my new role as a supplier, will be of great benefit to me in better understanding the needs of events rights holders and establishing mutually beneficial working relationships with them. We are all in sports tourism together, so I look forward to working with both suppliers and planners alike to grow and strengthen our industry.

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