Canton Memorial Civic Center

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Canton Memorial Civic Center
Canton Civic Center
Canton Civic Center.jpg
Former names Canton Memorial Auditorium
Location 1101 Market Avenue North
Canton, Ohio 44702
Owner City of Canton
Operator SMG
Capacity 5,200 (maximum)
4,000 (indoor football)
Opened 1951
Canton Invaders (AISA/NPSL) (1984-1997)
Canton Legends (AIFL/AIFA) (2005-2008)
Ohio Aviators (ABA) (2005)
Ohio Vortex (PASL-Pro) (2009-2012)
Canton Cougars (UIFL) (2011)
Canton Charge (D-League) (2011-present)

The Canton Memorial Civic Center is a multi-purpose arena in Canton, Ohio, USA. It was built in 1951. It was the home to the Canton Legends arena football team and Canton Invaders indoor soccer team and Ohio Aviators of the American Basketball Association. The Canton Memorial Civic Center is owned by the City of Canton and can hold up to 5,200 guests in the arena, and up to 600 guests in the McKinley Room.

It is large enough that it hosts several concerts (music, children and comedy) each year, and yet intimate enough that it host many private and community events such as several of the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame festival events.

In the 1980s and 1990s, it hosted many professional wrestling shows promoted by the National Wrestling Alliance and the World Wrestling Federation, including several broadcast episodes of WCW's Monday Nitro and the WWF's Monday Night Raw. On March 24, 2007, it held a "Road to WrestleMania 23" house show for World Wrestling Entertainment. It also held a SmackDown! house show, on January 5, 2008 and an ECW/Smackdown house show on August 31, 2009.

On October 27, 2008, Barack Obama held a Closing Address Rally to a crowd of over 4,000.

It has housed numerous professional sports teams in a variety of sports. The most notable team to player at the Civic Center was the Canton Invaders who played there for 13 consecutive seasons. Currently, the only professional sports team that calls Canton Memorial Civic center home is the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League which began play in 2011.


  1. ^ "Historical Summary of Wrestling in Canton". Ohio Wrestling History. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 40°48′28″N 81°22′23″W / 40.80778°N 81.37306°W / 40.80778; -81.37306