Huntington Center (Toledo)

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Huntington Center
LucasCountyArena.jpg
Former names Lucas County Arena (2009–2010)
Location 500 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604
Owner Lucas County
Operator SMG
Capacity Concerts: 4,784 (half-house)
5,903 (3/4 house)
7,286 (End-stage)
9,341 (center-stage)
Basketball: 8,000
Ice Hockey: 7,389 (8,200 with standing room)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground October 1, 2007
Opened October 3, 2009[6]
Construction cost $105 million
($115 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect HNTB
The Collaborative Inc.[2]
Project manager Project Management Consultants LLC[3]
Structural engineer Poggemeyer Design Group[4]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[2]
General contractor Lathrop/R. Gant LLC[5]
Tenants
Toledo Walleye (ECHL) (2009–present)
Toledo Crush (LFL) (beginning 2014)

The Huntington Center is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena[7] in downtown Toledo, Ohio It was completed in 2009[8] and cost $105 million to build.[9] It replaced the Toledo Sports Arena, which has since been demolished.[10]

It serves as the home of the Toledo Walleye ECHL ice hockey team,[11] and as of 2014 will be the home of the Toledo Crush of the Legends Football League[12]

History[edit]

After a successful partnership on the Mud Hens Stadium (Fifth Third Field), the Lucas County Commissioners again teamed with HNTB Architecture Inc., a national sports architecture firm located in Kansas City; The Collaborative Inc, of Toledo; and Poggemeyer Design Group, of Toledo.[13]

The arena is also looking to become the first new LEED sports arena in the United States. The arena's signature green design element is a 900-square-foot (84 m2) "green wall" outside of the building, which will feature the use of plant life on the exterior of the building to help cool the arena by shading the glass-enclosed main entrance of the arena. The arena's location to mass transit systems, use of a light-colored roof membrane that reflects sunlight and underground cisterns collecting rain water to re-use for landscaping purposes around the arena, are also emphasized to acquire LEED points for the project.[7]

Notable Events[edit]

The arena is part of a complex that includes SeaGate Convention Centre and Fifth Third Field. The first person to perform at this venue was comedian Jeff Dunham.

Other performances that have happened at the Huntington Center include: Daughtry, Tool, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, and Bob Seger. It is also the Toledo-area stop for World Wrestling Entertainment.

logo for Lucas County Arena (former name)
The Huntington Center was formerly known as the Lucas County Arena

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated bought the naming rights to Lucas County Arena in April 2010 and renamed the arena the Huntington Center. The six-year, $2.1 million naming rights and sponsorship agreement includes three renewal options of six years each, and could mean total Huntington payments of $11 million. The proceeds will go toward paying down the arena's $90 million debt.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Lucas County Multi Purpose Arena Bp 2
  3. ^ Project Management Consultants: Lucas County Arena
  4. ^ "Huntington Center Superstructure & Sustainable Site Design". Poggemeyer Design Group. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  5. ^ Vardon, Joe (May 22, 2007). "Commissioners Seek Arena Work for Minority Firms". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Smith, Ryan E. (October 4, 2009). "Lucas County Arena Sparkles as Thousands Get Sneak Peek". Toledo Blade. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Muret, Don (June 23, 2008). "Toledo Project in the Running for First New "Green" Arena". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved July 13, 2008. 
  8. ^ "Groundbreaking Set for Downtown Toledo Arena". Toledo Blade. September 28, 2007. Retrieved March 27, 2008. 
  9. ^ Vardon, Joe (October 10, 2007). "Building Costs Vary for Arena Downtown Toledo". Toledo Blade. Retrieved March 27, 2008. 
  10. ^ Blake, Erica (January 15, 2007). "Demolition Work for Arena Likely to Begin in Summer". Toledo Blade. Retrieved March 27, 2008. 
  11. ^ Griffin, Jason (April 16, 2007). "Toledo Arena Sports, Inc. Acquire ECHL Hockey Team". Toledo Arena Sports, Inc. Retrieved March 27, 2008. 
  12. ^ http://www.clevelandleader.com/node/21900
  13. ^ "Lucas County Arena Project". Lucas County. Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved January 1, 2008. 
  14. ^ Vellequette, Larry P. (April 16, 2010). "Downtown Toledo Arena Gets a New Name; Bank Agrees to Purchase Rights for $2.1 Million". Toledo Blade. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 41°38′59″N 83°32′14″W / 41.6498596°N 83.5372281°W / 41.6498596; -83.5372281