by John Stoehr
It's funny what boxing teaches you.
The former location for Friday Night Fights, the lowcountry's monthly display of the sweet science presented by Jim Kelley Promotions, was The Plex in North Charleston. Kelley has since April moved the fights to Mt. Pleasant and its Omar Shrine Convention Center near Patriot's Point.
The move, along with a gaggle of rumors, signaled something was amiss at The Plex. Turns out that if the venue couldn't work out a deal with SCE&G which ended up buying out its lease with sights set on constructing a new office building next to the airport, then its future would be dim. During its squabble with the power company, which spanned much of fall and spring concert season, The Plex avoided booking national and regional acts. Was Bright Eyes the last big show? I don't know.
Anyway, in the program notes for Friday's event, Kelley noted what's going to happen to The Plex.
"The old venue will soon be razed for an SCE&G office building."
There you go. The latest installment of venue news in Charleston.