Carlson Center

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Carlson Center
Location 2010 Second Avenue
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Coordinates 64°50′32.08″N 147°45′50.69″W / 64.8422444°N 147.7640806°W / 64.8422444; -147.7640806Coordinates: 64°50′32.08″N 147°45′50.69″W / 64.8422444°N 147.7640806°W / 64.8422444; -147.7640806
Owner Fairbanks North Star Borough
Operator SMG
Capacity 4,595[1] (permanent seats)
5,703[2] (expanded for basketball)
6,539[3] (with added floor seats)
Surface 200' x 100' (hockey)
Opened June 13, 1990
Tenants
Alaska Nanooks (WCHA) (1990–present)
Fairbanks Grizzlies (IFL) (2008–2011)
World Eskimo Indian Olympics (2008–present)
WWF/WWE (irregular, 1992–present)

The Carlson Center is a 4,595-seat multi-purpose arena in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States.[4] It is the 3rd largest arena in Alaska for seating capacity after the Sullivan Arena and Alaska Airlines Center, both of which are in Anchorage. It is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks ice hockey team of the WCHA and also serves as the site for the university's commencement exercises as well as graduation ceremonies for Lathrop,[5] West Valley,[6] and North Pole[7] High Schools. The building served as the site for the Top Of The World preseason college basketball tournament until its demise in 2007. Opening in 1990, the venue is named after John A. Carlson (1920-1988), who served as Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor from 1968 to 1982.[8]

The Carlson Center first opened its doors on June 13, 1990. It serves as Interior Alaska's largest event facility and only facility in the Interior with tradeshow decorating capabilities. It is host to many events ranging from concerts and tradeshows to small meetings, conventions, and receptions. The Carlson Center also has its own catering department.[9]

The facility is located on the banks of the Chena River near Growden Memorial Park. It is owned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough and managed by SMG of Alaska, Inc. which also manages the Sullivan Arena, the Egan Civic Center, the Dena'ina Center and the Ben Boeke Ice rinks in Anchorage.[10]

Past events held at the Carlson Center have included David Copperfield, Lord of the Dance, Larry the Cable Guy, Godsmack, Toby Keith, the Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Trace Adkins, Elton John and Cheech & Chong among others.[11]

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