Toyota Center (Kennewick)
|The Coliseum, Windermere Theatre|
|Former names||Three Rivers Coliseum (2004–2005)
Tri-Cities Coliseum (1988–2004)
|Location||7016 West Grandridge Boulevard
Kennewick, WA 99336
|Opened||November 19, 1988|
|Owner||City of Kennewick|
|Operator||City of Kennewick|
|Construction cost||$10 million
($19.9 million in 2014 dollars)
|Architect||PBK Architects, Inc.|
|Tri-City Americans (WHL) (1988–present)
Tri-Cities Fever (IFL) (2005–present)
Tri-Cities Chinook (CBA) (1992–1996)
The arena opened in 1988 as the Tri-Cities Coliseum (the name was changed in 2004 to the Three Rivers Coliseum to match the Three Rivers Convention Center, which was built next door in the same year). In early October 2005, a deal was reached between the city of Kennewick, Washington and Toyota, Toyota would pay $2 million over ten years for naming rights. The city of Kennewick uses that money to do much needed improvements and upgrades to the facility. A smaller facility next door, built by the City of Kennewick in 1998, was named the Toyota Arena. The venue was used for ice hockey during the 1990 Goodwill Games, since Seattle's Kingdome was in use by the Mariners.
The Toyota Center is home to the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans hockey team and the Tri-Cities Fever of the Indoor Football League. The center was formerly the home of the Tri-City Chinook of the Continental Basketball Association.
It is also used for concerts (capacity seats 7,715), banquets, ice shows, circuses, and trade shows (27,132 square feet of space). The capacity for hockey is about 6,000. Recently, the theatre configuration of the facility has been named 'Windermere Theatre', the licensing company being Windermere Real Estate, a Seattle, Washington-based real estate company, where the facility now hosts Broadway shows. The facility also hosted acts such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold who to date holds the record for largest attendance for any event held. A concert by Shinedown was filmed at the Toyota Center, and aired on Palladia with the title Madness from Washington State.
The Toyota Center has also hosted yearly Jehovah's Witnesses conventions during the month of July. The arena has held numerous WWE house shows when WWE is taping Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown or a PPV event in the nearby cities of Spokane, Yakima, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.
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- Dial, Tracci (March 7, 2014). "Time Lapse: Toyota Center Changeover From Ice to Turf to Court". Tri-Cities, WA: KNDU. Retrieved March 8, 2014.