McMorran Place

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McMorran Arena
McMorran
Location 701 McMorran Boulevard, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
Owner City of Port Huron, Michigan
Operator City of Port Huron, Michigan
Capacity hockey or football: 3,400
concerts: 4,800
Surface Multi-surface
Tenants
Port Huron Flags (IHL) (1962-1971, 1974-1981)
Port Huron Wings (IHL) (1971-1974)
Port Huron Clippers (AAHL) 1987-1988
Port Huron Border Cats (UHL) (1996-2002)
Port Huron Beacons (UHL) (2002-2005)
Port Huron Flags (UHL) (2005-2007)
Port Huron Icehawks (IHL) (2007-2010)
Port Huron Pirates (CIFL) (2006-2007)
Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL) (2010-present)
Port Huron Predators (CIFL) (2011)
Port Huron Patriots (CIFL) (2012-Present)
Construction
Broke ground August 24, 1958
Opened January 21, 1960
Construction cost 1960: $3,500,000
($27.9 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Alden Dow

McMorran Place is an entertainment complex in Port Huron, Michigan consisting of a 4,800-seat multi-purpose arena, a pavilion and a theater. It was designed by Alden B. Dow and built in 1960 for $3.5 million (equivalent to $28 million today).[2]

Sports[edit]

The arena is the home of the Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the North American Hockey League. The arena has been the home arena to many sports teams over the years such as, The Port Huron Flags, The Port Huron Border Cats, The Beacons, The Port Huron Pirates, Port Huron Predators and the Port Huron Icehawks.

Arena[edit]

The arena seats 3,400 for ice hockey and indoor football, and 4,800 for concerts. The arena floor measures 85 feet by 185 feet (27 by 62 meters). The dasher boards have 8-foot glass on the ends and 4-foot glass on the sides for ice hockey. The arena is also used for conventions, circuses, ice shows, trade shows, and banquets, among other events.The arena has hosted many major headlining musicians throughout the years such as KISS, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Ratt, Johnny Cash.

The 1998 opening of RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ontario sent most of the arena's concert business across the St. Clair River, which separates Port Huron from Sarnia. However, in 2010 McMorran started to rejuvenate their concert lineup with the band Third Eye Blind. In 2012 McMorran Arena and the adjacent pavilion will be the site of the Devil's Asylum haunted house. This means that the Fighting Falcons will begin their season on the road.

Pavilion[edit]

The pavilion features 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of space for sporting events, trade shows, banquets, meetings, and conventions.

Theatre[edit]

The 1,157-seat theatre is used for Broadway shows, movies, concerts, and other stage events. It features not only excellent acoustics and sight lines, but also a stage curtain, also designed by Alden B. Dow. It is home to the International Symphony Orchestra and the Port Huron Civic Theatre.

In addition, there is a meeting room and a lounge at the complex. Outside the building is a 22-foot-diameter (6.7 m) clock and the Night and Day fountain, both by sculptor Marshall Fredericks.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.mcmorran.com/arena.htm

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°58′44″N 82°25′32″W / 42.97889°N 82.42556°W / 42.97889; -82.42556