Until spring 2005, it was home to the New Mexico Scorpions ice hockey team (since relocated to the new Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico). It was most recently home to the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA Development League, until their move to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho in 2010.
In 1916, the New Mexico State Fair was not held due to financial difficulties and the lack of a suitable location. Many held out hope, but the State Fair was canceled every year for over two decades.
It was the end of the State Fair until, in 1937, a group of New Mexico businessmen led by Governor Clyde Tingley convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to grant Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds for construction of fairground buildings in the middle of Albuquerque, of which Tingley Coliseum would be the center.
Over the next several years, more than $500,000 in WPA funds and more than a million adobe bricks were used for the construction of buildings. It took much longer than expected, finishing in 1957, seventeen years after construction began. Though the Coliseum took nearly two decades to complete, the rest of the fairgrounds did not take nearly as long, which enabled the State Fair to reopen in 1938.
In 1998, the state legislature granted funds to keep Tingley Coliseum a resource for New Mexicans to enjoy for years to come. Since 1999, $9.6 million has been spent on renovating the coliseum.
Tingley Coliseum is used for a myriad of civic gatherings, beyond the State Fair, including concerts and sporting events.
Entertainers who have appeared at Tingley include The Kinks, Mötley Crüe, Ronnie James Dio, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Janet Jackson, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Metallica, KISS, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z, Van Halen, TOOL, Rush, Aerosmith, The Cure, Elton John, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, No Doubt, Bon Jovi, Shakira, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, MercyMe, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Elvis Presley among others.
It also hosted the 1987 Miss USA pageant.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr fought the second fight of his undefeated career.
The PBR held one of their signature Built Ford Tough Series (formerly Bud Light Cup) events, the Ty Murray Invitational, annually, from 1998-2008. As of 2009, the event was moved to The Pit, on the University of New Mexico campus.
- Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. xiii. ISBN 1-894974-21-2.
- Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. pp. xiii. ISBN 1-894974-21-2.
KISS played there in 1979.
- Official website
- Google map of Coliseum location