Entertaining the body and mind

The Arena at Gwinnett Center welcomes some of music's biggest acts along with a multitude of other major events to the county. As Gwinnett grows, so does the arena's reputation. On the flip side, Gwinnett's library system has not handled the growth as well, with nearly $3 million in funding cuts causing the system to adopt a branch "buddy" model.

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman A sold-out crowd cheers for the Foo Fighters as they take ...

Gwinnett Center still strong through the tough economy

DULUTH -- In 2005, the Arena at Gwinnett Center celebrated the milestone of welcoming its 1 millionth patron. Fast-forward to 2012: The venue has topped 7 million visitors with more added with each event. The building hosts more than 815,000 people a year.

  • Gwinnett Gladiators game 32%
  • Music concert 37%
  • High school championships in basketball and wrestling 18%
  • SEC Gymnastics championship 2%
  • Georgia Force game 10%
  • Other 2%

Staff Photo: Jason Braverman . Jody Peak, with her 8-year-old son, Nathaniel, use the self ...

Gwinnett libraries have ups and downs, but keeping current

With funding down, the Gwinnett County Public Library officials have struggled to keep up with a growing community. Last year, the system of 15 local branches implemented a "buddy branch model" to handle $2.8 million in funding cuts from the county.

  • Once a week 30%
  • At least once a month 30%
  • Only for special projects 10%
  • Never 30%

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