Hampton Coliseum

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Hampton Coliseum
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Former names Hampton Roads Coliseum
Location 1000 Coliseum Drive,
Hampton, Virginia, 23666
Broke ground May 24, 1968
Built 1968–1970
Opened 1970
Owner City of Hampton
Operator City of Hampton
Construction cost $8.5 to $9.0 million USD
General contractor McDevitt and Street Co.
Capacity 13,800 (concerts)
9,777 (basketball)
Virginia Squires (ABA) (1970–76)
Virginia Wings (AHL) (197175)
Hampton Gulls (SHL, AHL) (1974–78)
Hampton Aces (NAHL) (1978-81)

The Hampton Coliseum is a multi-use cultural, entertainment and sports arena in Hampton, Virginia. Construction on the arena began on May 24, 1968, and the venue opened in 1970 as the first large multi-purpose arena in the Hampton Roads region and the state of Virginia, opening a year prior to the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Virginia. The venue's capacity is configurable from 9,800 to 13,800 seats.


The Hampton Coliseum was one of several former homes of the American Basketball Association Virginia Squires professional basketball franchise . The Coliseum was also home to the Virginia Wings and Hampton Gulls hockey teams in the American Hockey League and the Hampton Aces of the North Eastern Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League.

The Coliseum hosted the Division I men's college basketball ECAC South Region Tournament, organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), in 1980 and 1981.[1][2][3][4] The 1985 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and the 1987, 1988, and 1989 Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Tournaments also were held in the Coliseum. The Hampton Coliseum is the home of the Virginia Duals annual wrestling tournament, hosting invitational college and high school matches.

The Coliseum hosts several local high school and post-secondary education graduation ceremonies. Most notably, the Coliseum hosted Yorktown, Virginia's York High School Class of 1992 graduation.

The Coliseum hosted WWF/WWE RAW, in 1998, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2011, as well as numerous other WWE events.

A part of Elvis Presley's 1972 concert was filmed at the Coliseum for the documentary Elvis on Tour. Several notable live albums have been recorded at the Coliseum, including Formerly the Warlocks by the Grateful Dead, Hampton Coliseum (Live 1981) by the Rolling Stones, Hampton Comes Alive by Phish, and Live Trax Volume 7, by the Dave Matthews Band. Known as "the mothership" to Phish fans for its resemblance to a UFO, the Hampton Coliseum is a favorite of the band and is considered by some to be one of the best indoor venues for Phish concerts.


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Coordinates: 37°2′5.01″N 76°22′52.82″W / 37.0347250°N 76.3813389°W / 37.0347250; -76.3813389