Carlson Center

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Carlson Center
Full name John A. Carlson Community Activity 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
Opened June 13, 1990
Owner Fairbanks North Star Borough
Operator SMG
Surface 200' x 100' (hockey)
Capacity 4,595 (hockey/indoor football)
5,703 (basketball), 6,443 (concert)
Tenants
Alaska Nanooks (WCHA) (1990–present)
Fairbanks Grizzlies (IFL) (2008–2011)
World Eskimo Indian Olympics (2008–present)
WWF/WWE (irregular, 1992–present)

The John A. Carlson Community Activity Center is a 6,443-seat multi-purpose arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks ice hockey team of the WCHA, the Fairbanks Grizzlies of the Indoor Football League, and is also the site used for the university's commencement exercises as well as graduation ceremonies for Lathrop, West Valley, and North Pole High Schools. The building also 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.

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.

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, Egan Civic Center and ice arenas in Anchorage, Alaska.

Past events held at the Carlson Center have included the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE wrestling, David Copperfield, Lord of the Dance, the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in 2005 and 2007, and the inauguration ceremony of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in 2006, as well as concerts ranging from Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Elton John, Tim McGraw, Godsmack, Little Big Town, Sugarland, Ozzy Osbourne, and Megadeth among others.

It was one of two CCHA arenas (Berry Events Center the other) that had Olympic-sized ice (200 feet long by 100 feet (30 m) wide).

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