Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
|Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center|
|Location||300 East Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California
|Owner||City of Long Beach|
|Construction cost||$111 Million (1994 Expansion)|
|Total space||312,770 sq ft (29,057 m2) (Total Meeting Space)|
|Exhibit hall floor||Hall A 91,000 sq ft (8,500 m2)
Hall B 57,000 sq ft (5,300 m2)
Hall C 76,000 sq ft (7,100 m2)
Arena 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2)
|Ballroom||Grand Ballroom 20,456 sq ft (1,900.4 m2)
Promanade 104ABC 13,200 sq ft (1,230 m2)
The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is a convention center located in Long Beach, California. It was built on the site of the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium beginning in 1962. The primary venues of the complex include:
Long Beach Arena
The Long Beach Arena was the first building to be completed in the complex. Capacities are as follows: 11,200 for hockey, 13,609 for basketball and either 4,550, 9,200 or 13,500 for concerts, depending on the seating chart.
For trade shows, the arena features 46,000 square feet (4300 m²) of space, with an additional 19,000 square feet (1800 m²) of space in the lobby and 29,000 square feet (2700 m²) in the concourse. Hanging from the arena's 77 foot (23 m) high ceiling is a center-hung scoreboard with four White Way "Mega Color" Animation Screens. There is an 11 by 15 foot SACO Smartvision LED Wall located on the south end of the arena.
The arena was the site of the first NHL game, involving an expansion team, as the Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers, both expansion teams, played on October 14, 1967, the Kings won 4–2. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of their expansion season while The Forum was being completed.
The arena was also one of the sites of the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Rounds of 64 and 32. The teams, which played at the arena, included Maryland, Pepperdine & UNLV. Maryland's Len Bias played his final collegiate game at the arena on March 14, 1986, in a loss to UNLV in the Round of 32. The arena was also the site of the Big West Conference men's basketball tournament from 1989-1993. It was the home court for Long Beach State's men's basketball team for several seasons in the 70's and 80's.
Run–D.M.C. performed during their Raising Hell Tour on August 17, 1986, with The Beastie Boys as their opening act. The show made news worldwide when gang fights broke out within the audience, with 42 reported injuries during the incident.
Along the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is "Planet Ocean", one of environmental artist Wyland's Whaling Walls, which was dedicated on July 9, 1992, and covers 116,000 square feet (11,000 m²). The mural depicts migratory gray whales and other aquatic life that can be found in the waters off Long Beach.
There are two ballrooms: the 20,456 square foot (1900 m²) Grand Ballroom (seating up to 2,100) and the 13,200 square foot (1300 m²) Promenade Ballroom (seating up to 1,400) plus 34 meeting rooms totalling 82,823 square feet (7695 m²).
Live concert albums and videos
The Long Beach Arena has been used to record part or all of several live concert albums and videos, including:
- Gerry in California, live EP by Gerry and the Pacemakers, 1965
- Billy J. Plays the States, live EP by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, 1965
- Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough, Avenged Sevenfold April 10, 2008
- Berth, The Used live CD/DVD combination, February 6, 2007
- Louder Now:Partone and Louder Now:Parttwo, Taking Back Sunday live CD/DVD
- How the West Was Won album, Led Zeppelin, June 27, 1972
- Leon Live album, Leon Russell, August 28, 1972
- The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach album, Electric Light Orchestra, May, 1974
- Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies album, Eric Clapton, July 19, 1974 & July 20, 1974
- Turn Around, Live Long Beach, Deep Purple, July 1971
- King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple in Concert album, Deep Purple, February 1976
- Live After Death album & Live After Death (video), Iron Maiden, October 14, 1985
- Singer Bruce Dickinson orders the crowd, "Scream for me Long Beach"
- Live...In the Raw album by W.A.S.P., March 10, 1987
- Psychedelic Sexfunk Live from Heaven video, Red Hot Chili Peppers, 1990
- I Heard a Voice – Live from Long Beach Arena DVD by AFI (release date 2006–12–12)
- Rock Steady Live DVD by No Doubt 2002
- St. Valentine's Day Rock & Roll Massacre: Hustler DVD re-issue, West Coast Sound February 14, 1980
- Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough DVD by Avenged Sevenfold 16 September 2008
- Street Songs (album) Deluxe Edition, Live CD by Rick James July 30, 1981
- Medusa: Dare to be Truthful TV special by Julie Brown mid-September 1991 (was also filmed at the Center Theater and Exhibition Hall
- 1984 Summer Olympics official report. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 123-8.
- Canalis, John (April 21, 2009). "Artist Wyland gives Long Beach the world". Long Beach Press-Telegram.
- Rhodes, Joe "Who's that Girl? Julie Brown, MTV's redhead, gets to really express herself in Madonna parody" Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1991
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