Southwest Virginia Set to Open New Expo Center

Photo: Construction continues on inside of the APEX Center. Courtesy of Wythe County.
Photo: Construction continues on inside of the APEX Center. Courtesy of Wythe County.

Officials in Wythe County, Virginia, say they are mere weeks away from opening the Appalachian Regional Exposition Center (APEX Center), a civic-center like arena that will be used to host events ranging from bull riding and motorsports to concerts and community festivals.

According to county representatives, the facility should be open in early January as contractors are completing the final stages of work.

“This past Saturday the subcontractor completed installation and compaction of all stone for the access road and parking lot. Weather permitting the asphalt will be completed this week. As this is finished the final grading around the road, parking lots, and building can be completed. On the interior, the contractor is doing final punch list work and completing sinks in the bathrooms,” stated a Wythe County spokesperson.

The building’s capacity is set to approach 2,500 with additional floor seating for events such as a concert or similar activities.

Matthew Miller, who serves as chairperson of the APEX committee, says the first scheduled event is slated for mid-January as Victory Motorsports will be hosting 2-day event.

Miller says the following weekend a 2-day rodeo event will be held in the facility, followed by a Monster Truck Wars monster truck event the next weekend.

“We are anxiously awaiting the completion and the first event,” stated the APEX Chairperson.

Located just outside of the town limits of Wytheville, Virginia, the APEX Center is strategically located at the intersections of Interstates 77 and 81 (Exit 77) approximately midway between Charleston, West Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, as well as halfway between Roanoke, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee.

County tourism leaders have stated that they are confident event organizers will find the facility’s location to be very attractive.  In addition to providing high-caliber spectator events to the region, proponents of the APEX Center say the facility has the potential to bring millions of additional dollars into the community in the years ahead through added tourism and attracted businesses.

The two interstate highways which crisscross through Wythe County, Virginia, make the Southwest Virginia locality one of the most highly traveled counties in the Central Appalachian region.

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