Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

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Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
(DECC)
Location 350 Harbor Dr
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
Owner Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Operator Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Capacity 6,764
Surface 200' x 85' (hockey)
Construction
Opened 1966
Construction cost $6.5 million
Tenants
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Men's Hockey
(1966-2010)
Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Women's Hockey
(1999-2010)

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), is a multi-purpose arena and convention center complex located in Duluth, Minnesota. It has been home to the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldog hockey team since 1966. The DECC is located on the waterfront near Duluth's famous Aerial Lift Bridge.

DECC Arena[edit]

The DECC Arena, originally called the Duluth Arena Auditorium, was built at a cost of $6.5 million, the arena portion of the complex houses a 190-by-85 foot hockey rink with 5,333 seats, and six locker rooms, including the recently remodeled $2 million locker room facility now used by the men and women Bulldog hockey teams.

The rink can be converted to allow the DECC Arena to host concerts, dinners, conventions,and shows. The DECC was the site of the NCAA I men's hockey championships in both 1968 and 1981, hosted the 2003 and 2008 Women's NCAA Division I Frozen Four. A spacious lobby, where ticket sales originate, separates the Arena from Symphony Hall. Symphony Hall seats 2,400 and plays host to concerts, symphonies, plays, operas, high school and college graduations, and a variety of other activities.

Pioneer Hall[edit]

Pioneer Hall was added in 1976, and contains a hockey rink with smaller seating capability utilizing fold-out bleacher seating. Pioneer Hall is also the home of the Duluth Curling Club with eight curling rinks (can be expanded to provide up to 13 curling sheets for major events) and a lounge area. It is the largest curling venue in the United States, and has hosted two World Championships, the US Olympic Trials, and numerous National events. The Duluth Curling Club is the second largest curling club in the United States.

Convention Center[edit]

In the mid-1990s a $30 million Convention center was added, which is the site of numerous social, business and entertainment events, and features the 26,000 sq ft (2,400 m2) Lake Superior Ballroom, the 12,000 sq ft (1,100 m2) Harborside Ballroom, and 25 Meeting Rooms.

AMSOIL Arena[edit]

Main article: AMSOIL Arena

The 2008 Minnesota bonding bill included $38 million for the "DECC expansion project". The DECC expansion included a new multi-purpose arena for the UMD men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, The arena was an increase in seating capacity by 2,100 from the original DECC Arena and seats 6,600 for ice hockey and 8,500 for concerts. The expansion project also includec a new parking ramp and more space for conventions and concerts, which DECC director Dan Russell said will bring more events to the complex. Construction began in September (2008), and the AMSOIL Arena opened on December 30, 2010 for a Men's UMD hockey game against the University of North Dakota.[1][2] The new arena was named AMSOIL Arena.[3]

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Preceded by
Onondaga War Memorial
Syracuse, New York
Host of the
Frozen Four

1968
Succeeded by
Broadmoor World Arena
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Preceded by
Providence Civic Center
Providence, Rhode Island
Host of the
Frozen Four

1981
Succeeded by
Providence Civic Center
Providence, Rhode Island

Coordinates: 46°46′53″N 92°05′53″W / 46.78139°N 92.09806°W / 46.78139; -92.09806