City Bank Coliseum

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City Bank Coliseum
Former names Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
Location 2720 Drive of Champions
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Owner City of Lubbock
Operator City of Lubbock
Capacity 6,893
Construction
Broke ground 1954
Opened 1956
Tenants
Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball (1956–1999)
Texas Chaparrals (1970–71)
Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball (1977–1999)
Lubbock Cotton Kings (1999–2007)
Lubbock Gunslingers (2004–2005)
Lubbock Renegades (2007–2008)

City Bank Coliseum (originally Lubbock Municipal Coliseum) is a 6,893-seat multi-purpose arena in Lubbock, Texas. Although the arena is located on the campus of Texas Tech University, it is owned and operated by the City of Lubbock.

History[edit]

Arena usage[edit]

Sports[edit]

Arena football[edit]

City Bank Coliseum was home to the Lubbock Gunslingers and Lubbock Renegades.

College basketball[edit]

The Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team began playing at the Coliseum during the 1956–57 season. The Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball team began playing select games during the 1976–77 and 1977–78 seasons. The Lady Raiders began playing only at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum beginning with the 1978–79 season. After the United Spirit Arena opened in 1999, both teams relocated to the university owned and operated arena. The Coliseum also hosted the Midwest Regional semi-final and final games of the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament won by the Texas Western Miners (now UTEP) who went on to upset the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team in the national championship game in College Park, Maryland.

Ice hockey[edit]

The arena had been home to the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League; however, after being unable to come to an agreement with the city of Lubbock for the use of the arena, the team ceased operations prior to the 2007-2008 season.[1][2]

Professional basketball[edit]

During the 1971-72 American Basketball Association season, the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum served as a sometimes home court for the then-named Texas Chaparrals, a one-year experiment by the Dallas Chaparrals to expand their appeal to a state-wide audience. The Chaparrals eventually became the San Antonio Spurs of the American Basketball Association and later of the NBA.

Wrestling[edit]

City Bank Coliseum has been the longtime Lubbock home of World Wrestling Entertainment since the 1980s. World Championship Wrestling also visited the Coliseum for most of the 1990s until United Spirit Arena opened.

Concerts[edit]

The Lubbock Municipal Coliseum was a popular stop for touring artists. In the 80's, tickets at the time were between $12 and $13. Major concert tours have since moved to United Spirit Arena, but the Coliseum still hosts concerts with capacity of up to 8,728.

Other[edit]

City Bank Coliseum is also used for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Stars on Ice. Champions on Ice called the Coliseum until moving into the United Spirit Arena in 2008.

City Bank Auditorium[edit]

City Bank Auditorium
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
TTU City Bank Coliseum.JPG
Main entrance of City Bank Coliseum
Address Lubbock, Texas
Owner City of Lubbock
Operator City of Lubbock
Capacity 2,754

Adjacent to the coliseum is the 2,803-seat City Bank Auditorium, used for stage shows, concerts and other special events and featuring a 96-by-45-foot permanent stage and eight dressing rooms. Both facilities share the same concession stands.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cotton Kings Call For Audit". KCBD (Lubbock). May 30, 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Lubbock Cotton Kings Suspend Operations". KCBD (Lubbock). June 20, 2007. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 33°35′24″N 101°52′39″W / 33.59000°N 101.87750°W / 33.59000; -101.87750