Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

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Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Greater Binghamton's Premier Events Destination
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Location One Stuart Street
Binghamton, New York 13901
Coordinates 42°5′44″N 75°54′47″W / 42.09556°N 75.91306°W / 42.09556; -75.91306Coordinates: 42°5′44″N 75°54′47″W / 42.09556°N 75.91306°W / 42.09556; -75.91306
Owner Broome County
Operator Broome County
Capacity 4,679 (hockey)[1]
6,925 (concerts)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground June 1971
Opened August 29, 1973
Construction cost $7.5 million
($39.8 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Elbasani Logan & Severin[3]
Structural engineer T. Y. Lin & Associates[3]
General contractor E. L. Nezelek[3]
Tenants
Binghamton Senators (AHL) (2002–present)
B.C. Icemen (UHL) (1997–2002)
Binghamton Rangers (AHL) (1990–1997)
Binghamton Whalers (AHL) (1980–1990)
Binghamton Dusters (AHL) (1977–1980)
Broome Dusters (NAHL) (1973–1977)

The Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena is a 6,925 (4,679 for hockey) seat multi-purpose arena in Binghamton, New York. The Arena was completed in 1973, providing an entertainment venue for residents of the Greater Binghamton area. After decades of haggling over location, size, and design - it's rumored a college student's design won a nationwide design competition. Whether or not that's true, the Arena has a near twins in the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario (built in 1976) and similar facilities in the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine and WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, West Virginia (both built in 1977). Originally, a performing arts center was to be adjacent to the Arena, across Washington Street, but plans fell through due to lack of funds.[citation needed] The arena contains eight luxury suites, each holding 25 fans (200 total).

The first act was the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in an unfinished Arena in May 1973. Chicago played the first concert at the arena (with Bruce Springsteen as opener) on June 13, 1973. The ribbon cutting and first event on ice was with the Ice Capades; and the Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League were the building's first full-time tenant. The Broome Dusters became the Binghamton Dusters in 1977 and moved into the American Hockey League. That AHL franchise would go through a number of name changes, becoming the Whalers and Rangers before moving in 1997. The BC Icemen, of the United Hockey League, occupied the Arena for five seasons until the AHL returned. Since 2002, the Arena has been home to the Binghamton Senators, who are affiliated with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League.

The Arena has hosted some notable names in entertainment -AC/DC "SOLDOUT", Bob Dylan, B.B. King, the Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Rogers, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, Elton John, Keith Sweat, Cher, Dolly Parton, Phish, Green Day, and Carrie Underwood to name but a few. Trade shows, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Circus all make yearly visits. Plus, every December, the Arena plays host to the Stop-DWI Holiday Classic, one of the premiere high school basketball tournaments in the nation. The arena contains 17,000 square feet of space on the arena floor and an additional 12,000 square feet on the concourse.

Notable events[edit]

Elvis Presley performed back-to-back sold out concerts at the Arena, May 26 & 27, just prior to his death in the summer of 1977.

The New Jersey Nets of the NBA, Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, and Ottawa Senators of the NHL have all hosted exhibition games at the Arena.

Phish's legendary December 14, 1995 performance at the Arena was released as Live Phish Volume 1 in 2001.

On June 13, 2005 World Wrestling Entertainment brought RAW to the Arena, which was broadcast live nationwide on television.

The Arena played host to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic, with the skills contest and game broadcast on consecutive nights on live TV across the US and Canada.

Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame[edit]

The Arena is home to the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame, with a display of plaques on the main concourse. Current inductees are:

1998: Ken Holland, Randy MacGregor, Jim Matthews

1999: Rod Bloomfield, Jacques Caron, Paul Stewart

2000: Paul Crowley, Paul Fenton, Larry Pleau

2001: Craig Duncanson, Pierre Laganiere, Brad Shaw

2002: Chris Cichocki, Peter Sidorkiewicz, Ross Yates

2003: Roger Neel, Peter Fiorentino

2004: Peter Laviolette, Jon Smith, Bob Sullivan

2005: Don Biggs, Dallas Gaume, Brad Jones

2006: Ken Gernander, Dave Staffen

2007: Gary Jaquith, Brian McReynolds

2008: Doug McKay, Warren Harper

2009: Mike Dunham, Glenn Merkosky

2010: Daniel Lacroix, Tom Mitchell

2011: Chris Grenville, Corey Hirsch, John Paddock

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burgess, Cassie (March 26, 2013). "I Get Paid to Watch Hockey". Binghamton Senators Hockey Club. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Chakrabarti, P. R.; Thornton, Keith C.; Nardone, Ray P. (1973). "Space Frame Covers Arena". Modern Steel Construction. pp. 3–5. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 

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