- Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Infobox Stadium | stadium_name=Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
location=1826 West McDowell Road
November 3, 1965
construction_cost=$7 million USD (est.)
Phoenix Suns(NBA) (1968-1992)
Phoenix Roadrunners (WHA) (1974-1977)
Phoenix Inferno(MISL) (1980-1983) Phoenix Mustangs(WCHL) (1997-2001) Phoenix Eclipse(ABA) (2001-2002) Arizona Thunder(WISL) (1998-2000)
Hockey: 13,730The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is a 14,870-seat multi-purpose indoor arena in
Phoenix, Arizona, located on the grounds of the Arizona State Fair. It is commonly referred to as simply the Coliseum. During the years the Suns played there it was referred to as "The Madhouse on McDowell", referring to it's location on McDowell Road.
Newspaper reports state that The Arizona State Fair Commission began planning for an "Arizona State Fairgrounds Exposition Center" as early as the fall of 1962. The Commission envisioned an indoor facility which could be used during the State Fair as well as year-round. In 1964, Phoenix architect Leslie Mahoney presented the commission with the final plans, and construction began that summer. Tucson architect Lew Place was also involved in the design, and the structural engineering firm was
T. Y. Lin International.
The unique saddle-shaped, tension-cable roof, supporting over 1000 precast concrete panels, was considered innovative architectural engineering at the time. The building also contains a series of murals by Phoenix artist
In April 1965, the name was officially changed to honor Arizona's war veterans.
There was an early controversy over whether alcohol would be served at the new facility, but legislation was signed in April 1965 by Governor
Sam Goddardproviding for limited liquor sales.
The Coliseum opened
November 3, 1965, with a production of Ice Follies. The final cost was estimated at $7 million.
arenawith its saddle-shaped roof, which sat 13,730 for ice hockey, was the home of the Phoenix Roadrunners of the WHA from 1974–1977 and of the now-defunct International Hockey League from 1989 to 1996, the Phoenix Sunsof the NBAfrom 1968–1992, the Arizona Thunderof the World Indoor Soccer Leaguefrom 1998-2000,and the Phoenix Mustangs of the now-defunct WCHL from 1999-2000. In 2006, it was announced that the Coliseum would once again be home to pro sports, as the IBL's Phoenix Flamewould play home games there. The Coliseum was affectionately referred to as [http://www.nba.com/suns/news/sunderella_anniversary_010314.html "The Mad House on McDowell] (named for McDowell Road, the street in Phoenix where it is located) during the Suns tenure there, by both fans and the local media.
The Coliseum also housed the
Phoenix Inferno(also known as the Phoenix Pride) of the MISLfrom 1980 to 1983.
It hosted the 1975
NBA All-Star Gameand WCW WrestleWar 1991. The Coliseum was also host to the Phoenix Mustangshockey team as part of the West Coast Hockey Leagueand the Phoenix EclipseABA basketball team. The ABA will return to the Coliseum, as the Phoenix Phantomshave selected that arena as one of their three venues.
The arena remains open for some events, even though the Suns left in 1992 for the
America West Arena(now US Airways Center). The Arizona State Fairschedules concerts, comedy shows and other events in the Coliseum during the Fair's annual season (which begins each October). Until recently it hosted portions of Arizona's high school basketball championships, but those have been moved to the newer Jobing.com Arena.
In the fall of 2005, the Coliseum sheltered up to 2,500 evacuees from
New Orleansin the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The evacuees were relocated to other housing in time for the opening of the Fair that October.
It also hosts the West's biggest book sale, the VNSA Book Sale, during February.
January 8, 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obamaheld a rally at the Coliseum. Arizona governor Janet Napolitanoand Caroline Kennedywere both part of the rally.
Newspaper clippings used to research portions of this article:
The Arizona Republic:
May 28, 1964; April 20, 1965
The Phoenix Gazette:
April 24, 1963; March 27, 1965; October 28, 1966
November 14, 1962
* [http://www.azstatefair.com/ Arizona State Fair]
title=Home of the
years = 1968 – 1992
before = first arena
after = America West Arenasuccession box
title=Host of the
NBA All-Star Game
years = 1975
before = Seattle Center Coliseum
after = The Spectrum
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