Ford Center (Evansville)
|Location||1 S.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, Indiana 47708
|Broke ground||October 20, 2009|
|Opened||November 5, 2011|
|Owner||City of Evansville|
|Construction cost||$127.5 million|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Hunt/Harmon JV|
Hockey: 9,437 (9,487 according to announced sellout on 2/26/2012)
Evansville IceMen (ECHL) (2011-present)
- This article refers to the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. For the former Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, see Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Ford Center is a multi-use indoor arena in downtown Evansville, Indiana with a maximum seating capacity of 11,000. It officially opened in November of 2011 and is mainly used for basketball, ice hockey, and music concerts. It is home to the Evansville Purple Aces basketball teams and the Evansville IceMen minor league hockey team of the ECHL.
The first public event held at the Ford Center was an Evansville Icemen hockey game on November 5, 2011, when the Evansville IceMen defeated the Fort Wayne Komets 3-1. The first concert was held four days later on November 9, 2011 by Bob Seger and his Silver Bullet Band. The Evansville Purple Aces played their first basketball game on November 12, 2011, beating the Butler Bulldogs 80-77 in overtime. On January 18, 2012, Aces junior Colt Ryan set an arena record with 39 points in a win against the Bradley Braves. In its first year, the new arena also hosted concerts for Elton John, Lady Antebellum, Reba, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Cirque du Soleil's performance of Quidam.
History and construction
The Ford Center was designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) as a replacement for Roberts Municipal Stadium. The $127.5 million arena was approved by the Evansville City Council on December 22, 2008. Demolition work on the site began on December 5, 2009.
The Ford Center is bounded by Main Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Sixth Street, and Walnut Street. As planned, it will eventually connect to a new convention hotel and the existing convention center.
The Ford Center set up for an Evansville IceMen hockey game
- Evansville Arena Project - Timeline
- "City Council OKs Arena Plans". Evansville Courier & Press. December 22, 2008. Retrieved December 24, 2008.
- New Evansville Arena architect: Populous
- "Evansville Arena Facts". Populous. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- "Ford Motor Co. Pays $4.2 Million to Name Downtown Arena Ford Center". Evansville Courier & Press. August 17, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- "New Evansville Arena To Be Named Ford Center". Ford Center. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- "Evansville Unveils Arena Name". Inside Indiana Business. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
- Ford Center official website
- Evansville Athletics - Ford Center
- Interior/exterior of new Downtown arena official site Evansville Courier & Press
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