Canton Memorial Civic Center

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Canton Memorial Civic Center
Canton Civic Center
Canton Civic Center.jpg
Former names Canton Memorial Auditorium
(1951–1976)[1]
Location 1101 Market Avenue North
Canton, Ohio 44702
Owner City of Canton
Operator SMG
Capacity 5,200 (maximum)
4,000 (indoor football)
Opened 1951
Tenants
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.

The arena is now the home of the Canton Cougars of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. In fall 2011, it became home to the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historical Summary of Wrestling in Canton". Ohio Wrestling History. ProWrestlingHistory.com. 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