Mobile Civic Center

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Mobile Civic Center
MobileDomeJuly07.jpg
Location 401 Civic Center Drive
Mobile, Alabama, 36602
Coordinates 30°41′10″N 88°02′41″W / 30.68605°N 88.04478°W / 30.68605; -88.04478Coordinates: 30°41′10″N 88°02′41″W / 30.68605°N 88.04478°W / 30.68605; -88.04478
Owner City of Mobile
Operator SMG[1]
Capacity Theater: 1,940
Expo Hall: 3,000
Arena: 10,112
Surface Multi-Surface
Construction
Broke ground 1962
Opened July 9, 1964[4]
Construction cost $10 million[2]
($76 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Tenants
Mobile Mysticks (ECHL) (1995-2002)
Mobile Seagulls (IPFL) (2000)
Mobile Revelers (NBDL) (2001-2003)
Mobile Wizards (AFL2) (2002)

Mobile Civic Center is a multi-purpose arena located in Mobile, Alabama. Owned by the City of Mobile and operated by SMG,[5] the arena comprises three venues: A theater, an expo hall, and an arena. It is suitable for large indoor events; including sporting events and trade shows. The theater has seating for 1,940, while the expo hall can seat 3,000. The largest venue of the Mobile Civic Center is the arena, which can seat 10,112.

The Theater[edit]

The 1,940 seat theater is used for concerts, Broadway shows, and other theatrical events. The Theater is connected to the Arena by a glass promenade. The theater is known for its acoustics, unobstructed views, and backstage facilities. It contains a 90 by 60 foot (27 by 18 m) stage.

The Expo Hall[edit]

With 28,000 square feet (2600 m²) of space, the Expo Hall can be used for conventions, trade shows, sporting events, banquets, and even concerts as well as other events. It seats 2,200 for seating events and up to 3,000 for concerts. It has a 40 by 32 foot (12 by 28 m) portable stage and a dance floor that can accommodate 1,500.

The Arena[edit]

The tallest building in the complex at seven stories tall, the Civic Center Arena (previously known as the Municipal Auditorium) features a domed roof. It features 80,000 square feet (7400 m) of space for sporting events and trade shows. There are 6,120 permanent seats at the arena, which for sporting events and concerts seats up to 10,112. The arena's main floor is encircled by 15 meeting rooms. There are eight concession stands, plus three locker rooms. In addition to trade shows, concerts, and sporting events, ice shows, circuses, wrestling, conventions and banquets can be held at the arena. The arena hosted the Mobile Mysticks of the East Coast Hockey League, WCW Beach Blast 1992, and WCW Uncensored 1998, as well as hosting the Mobile Seagulls of the National Indoor Football League and Mobile Wizards of the af2. It also was the site of the 1991 Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournament. The Mobile Revelers played at the venue from 2001-2003 until the team folded citing low attendance.

The 1998 opening of the Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of South Alabama sent most first-tier concert tours to the new arena. However, Mobile Civic Center Arena is still in use, and continues to serve as the Mobile stop of World Wrestling Entertainment, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and Champions on Ice.

Seating capacities are: Hockey, 8,030; Basketball, 8,000; End-stage concerts, 8,119-9,920; Center-stage concerts, boxing and wrestling, 10,000.

Notable concerts[edit]

  • Elvis Presley performed at Municipal Auditorium on six occasions (14 September 1970, 20 June 1973, 2 June 1975 (two shows) and 2 June 1977.
  • The Jacksons performed at Municipal Auditorium on July 18, 1981 during their Triumph Tour.[6]
  • Tina Turner performed here on November 21, 1987 during her Break Every Rule Tour.
  • Led Zeppelin performed at Municipal Auditorium on May 13, 1973.

[7] Guns N' Roses performed at Municipal Auditorium on November 3, 1987 as part of the Appetite for Destruction Tour.

References[edit]

The Rolling Stones performed at Minicipal Auditorium on July 11, 1972 Appetite for Destruction Tour

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