DURHAM — Durham leaders will gather this afternoon for the groundbreaking on the Durham Performing Arts Center.
The groundbreaking for the $44 million, 2,800 seat multi-use facility will take place at 2 p.m.
The center's site is the fenced lot bordered by South Mangum, Blackwell and Vivian streets and the Durham Bulls Stadium in downtown Durham.
Speakers will include Durham Mayor Bill Bell; Jim Goodmon, president and chief executive of Capitol Broadcasting Co.; and Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.
Parking for the ceremony will be available at the site and in the American Tobacco Campus parking decks.
The performing arts center will offer a variety of midsize performances throughout the year, a combination of national entertainment acts and local entertainment events.
Construction is scheduled to begin this month and to be completed in November 2008.