Selland Arena

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Selland Arena
2009-0725-CA-Fresno-SellandArena.jpg
Location 700 M Street
Fresno, California
Coordinates 36°43′59″N 119°46′58″W / 36.733093°N 119.78271°W / 36.733093; -119.78271Coordinates: 36°43′59″N 119°46′58″W / 36.733093°N 119.78271°W / 36.733093; -119.78271
Owner City of Fresno
Operator SMG
Capacity Concerts: 11,300
Basketball: 10,220
Ice Hockey: 7,600
Field size 220 by 100 ft (67 by 30 m)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground 1965
Opened October 11, 1966[3]
Renovated November 2006
Expanded 1984
Construction cost $10 million
($72.7 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect Robert W. Stevens & Associates[2]
Tenants
Fresno Monsters
Interior view of Selland Arena during the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation Central Section basketball tournament. Photo features the new scoreboard and new seats installed during renovation.

The Selland Arena is a multi-purpose arena built in 1966 that makes up part of a four-venue complex of the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center in Fresno, California. It is named after former Fresno mayor Arthur L. Selland and has had over ten million people walk through its doors in its over forty-year history.[4] The arena originally had a 6,582 seating capacity, but a US$10 million expansion project in 1981 increased the seating to its current capacity of 10,132.[4] Before the 1997-1998 Fresno State basketball season, capacity was increased to 10,220.[5] The Selland Arena underwent an additional $15 million renovation in November 2006, that included the installation of new seats, a new video replay scoreboard, message boards and a new ice-cooling system for hockey games.[6]

Currently, the arena is operated by SMG under contract from the City of Fresno.

Tenants[edit]

The arena is home to the Fresno Monsters Tier II Jr. A & Tier III Jr. A ice hockey teams of the North American Hockey League and Western States Hockey League. On January 27, 2010, the Fresno Monsters hockey team agreed to a contract extension, to play at the arena, through the 2012–2013 hockey season. The arena will host 32 home games, combined with the North American Hockey League and Western States Hockey League teams, during the 2012–2013 hockey season.

Notable events[edit]

Selland Arena has hosted concerts, conventions, ice shows, youth sports, professional sports, motocross, rodeo, religious events, graduations, and community events.

Notable events that have taken place at the arena include: the tour opening July 19, 1974 Grateful Dead show, WWF Royal Rumble 1996, Fully Loaded 1998, concerts by many major rock and popular music groups and talents, including Deep Purple, Cher, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Metallica, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, ABBA, and Garth Brooks.

Van Halen performed, on two consecutive nights, during their For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour on May 14–15, 1992, which were recorded and later released as a live album, entitled Live: Right Here, Right Now.

It also has hosted the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Basketball Finals since 2004 and the annual California Future Farmers of America State Conference.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Mid-Century Modernism Historic Content". City of Fresno. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Passan, Jeff (March 1, 2003). "A farewell to The Old 'Dog House". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "History of Fresno Convention Center". Fresno Convention Center. 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Selland Arena". Fresno State Athletics. Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Selland Arena". Fresno Convention Center. 2010. Retrieved August 12, 2010. 

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