Nov. 30
Crown Complex
7:00 pm


UPDATE: October 1, 2020 


The situation with COVID 19 continues to be very fluid, and we have been closely monitoring the information disseminating from Governor Cooper’s office and the phased approach to re-opening the State of North Carolina.  


Currently, the State of North Carolina is in Phase 3 of reopening under the current Executive Order, and will remain in Phase 3 through Friday, October 23, 2020. In accordance with  NC Executive Order 169, as an entertainment venue, the  Crown Complex is complying with Subsection 7.A. in prohibiting mass gatherings of no more than 25 people indoor or 50 people outdoor. This prohibition applies to all events, to include fairs and festivals that may take place in the Crown Complex parking lots.


NC Executive Order 169 takes only a small step toward the reopening of large indoor venues like Crown Complex, as the capacity limitations continue to be too restrictive to make most events viable.

  • Under subsection 3.2.c.2., the capacity for the Crown Coliseum is restricted to 25 guests.
  • Under subsection 3.2.c.2., the capacity for the Crown Arena is restricted to 25 guests.
  • Under subsection 3.2.c.2., the capacity for the Crown Theatre is restricted to 25 guests.
  • Under subsection 3.8.d. and 3.8.b.1 the following applies to the Crown Ballroom and the Crown Exposition Hall:
    • Must be seated events to re-open
    • The capacity limitation is 100 guests per venue (Exposition Hall and Ballroom) with proper social distance between groups of attendees.


Entertainment and sports venues to hold events that are being broadcast and the mass gathering limit of  25 people indoor or 50 people outdoor applies to spectators only. The personnel required to conduct such an event (to include players, performers, employees, etc.) do not count towards the 25 and 50 persons limit.


This plan has been prepared to potentially re-open the Crown Complex venues with social distancing requirements and adhering to the guidelines set forth when the State of North Carolina permits. As part of this process, we have been working carefully through our venue seating manifests to determine acceptable capacities should we re-open and hold an event under socially distanced capacity restrictions. Social distancing venue capacities are expected to fall to an estimated 20% of the total venue capacity capabilities if opening  with social distance is permitted.


Reaching Phase 3 of the State of North Carolina reopening does not mean there will be a flood of returning event activity at this time. As the Crown Complex is comprised of many event spaces (Coliseum, Arena, Theatre, Expo, and Ballroom), our expectation is that when it is safe to resume activity, we will do so in a stepped manner in which smaller scale events return and gradually work up to larger scale mass gatherings while complying with applicable Executive Orders and local guidance.


We do not expect concerts or family shows to occur at the Crown Complex throughout the fall months, we are remaining hopeful that the industry will be able to work together to adapt and achieve some level of event experience in the late Fall/Winter presuming that concerts, family shows, and other touring productions are prepared to return to the road in that time period.


Please refer to the CDC website for COVID-19 for additional information on symptoms and a self-check guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care if necessary.


The safety and well-being of our employees, business partners, performers, athletes, guests, and our community is our top priority at the Crown Complex. We will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Cumberland County Department of Health. Your patience and understanding during this time is greatly appreciated.


For regular updates:

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Cumberland County, NC Government


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