Opening of $142M Gaillard Center delayed

Opening of $142M Gaillard Center delayed
The Gaillard as it was being built

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - The opening of Charleston's new $142 million performing arts center has been delayed.

The new Gaillard Center is the most expensive municipal project in Charleston's 350-year history. It will replace the city's aging Galliard Municipal Auditorium.

It had been scheduled to open in April, in time for next year's Spoleto Festival USA. But Mayor Joe Riley told the city council Wednesday that the opening will be delayed until late next summer.

Riley said there will not be time to tune the acoustics of the performing arts hall for an April opening. He says tuning the performing space after the new building is in operation would be difficult.

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