Lander's Center

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Landers Center
Lander's Center Logo.png
Former names DeSoto Civic Center (2000-2011)
Location 4560 Venture Drive
Southaven, MS. 38671
Broke ground April 24, 1998[1]
Opened September 16, 2000
Owner DeSoto County[1]
Operator DeSoto County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Construction cost $35 million[1]
($47.9 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects[1]
General contractor Carothers Construction Inc.[1]
Capacity 10,045 (concerts)
8,400 (ice hockey)
8,362 (basketball)
Tenants
Mississippi Riverkings (SPHL) (2000-present)
Memphis Xplorers (af2) (2001-2006)
Memphis Houn'Dawgs (ABA) (2000-2001)

The Landers Center is an 8,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Southaven, Mississippi. It was built in 2000. It is home to the Mississippi RiverKings, a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Several now-defunct teams have called the Lander's Center home. These teams include the Memphis Xplorers of the AF2 and the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the American Basketball Association.

It also is used as a concert venue, boxing arena, and for ice shows and circuses. Since 2009, the Mid-South Fair has been held at the Landers Center. Formerly, the fair was held in Memphis at the Memphis Fairgrounds.

The Figure Skating Club of Memphis uses the ice rink during the hockey season to provide Learn to Skate clinics, USFSA Basic Skills Classes, and freestyles for area figure skaters. Memphis Youth Hockey also offers Learn to Skate classes and youth ice hockey through the Civic Center.

In June 2008, the Lander's Center hosted TNA Slammiversary.

Name Change[edit]

January 4, 2012, Memphis-based Landers Auto Group purchased the naming rights. The name was changed to the Landers Center. The arena will still serve the same purpose that the DCC served. [3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Laurie (April 23, 1998). "DeSoto Civic Center Groundbreaking Set for Friday". The Daily News (Memphis). Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Van Tuyl, Chris (December 28, 2011). "Memphis-Based Landers Auto Group Buys Naming Rights to DeSoto Civic Center". The Commercial Appeal (Memphis). Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Mid-South Coliseum
Home of the
Mississippi RiverKings

2000 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Host of Slammiversary
2008
Succeeded by
The Palace of Auburn Hills

Coordinates: 34°55′38″N 89°59′49″W / 34.927124°N 89.9969°W / 34.927124; -89.9969