U.S. Cellular Center (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
|Former names||Five Seasons Center|
|Location||370 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
|Owner||City of Cedar Rapids|
|Opened||January 25, 1979|
|Construction cost||$8 million
($26 million in 2015 dollars)
|Cedar Rapids Titans (IFL) (2013-future)|
The U.S. Cellular Center (formerly Five Seasons Center) is a multi-purpose arena, located in the downtown area of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was financed by the approval of a voter referendum to allocate special municipal capital improvement bond monies, after several prior bond referendums to build a civic center failed between 1965–1977. The initial construction cost was approximately $7 million for the arena and facilities. The city approved an additional $1 million to build an adjacent multi-level parking facility connected to the center by a skywalk. The center is adjoined by a 16-story DoubleTree hotel facility built directly above the arena.
The center hosts local sporting events and concerts, most notably the Iowa State High School Girls Volleyball Tournament and the Iowa High School Team Dual Wrestling Championships. It was opened in 1979 as the Five Seasons Center, and hosted the English progressive-rock band Yes as its first official concert event on April 25, 1979. The arena has a basketball capacity of about 6,900 and can seat up to 8,600 for concerts. It served as the primary sports and entertainment venue in Eastern Iowa until the completion of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City four years later. Former professional tenants include the Cedar Rapids River Raiders of the United States Basketball League, the Cedar Rapids Sharpshooters of the Global Basketball Association and the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets of the Continental Basketball Association. Numerous commencement ceremonies are held at the arena. Also, Phish played the arena in 1995.
In early June 2008, the U.S. Cellular Center was flooded with water from the Iowa Flood of 2008.
The arena closed in July 2011 to undergo renovations as part of a larger project to build a convention complex around the site, which also includes renovations to the now DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The complex was re-opened for a concert by Lady Antebellum on June 1, 2013. It was selected as the host arena for the NCAA Division II National Volleyball tournament from December 12–14, 2013.
Other venues and events with similar names
U.S. Cellular, a wireless telephone company, has sponsored several sports venues:
- U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois, home of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox
- U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, home of the Premier Basketball League's Bloomington Flex
- U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former home of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and the original Milwaukee Mustangs of the Arena Football League
- U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina
- U.S. Cellular Community Park, an multi-purpose, multi-sport athletic facility in Medford, Oregon
U.S. Cellular serves as the title sponsor of a NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the U.S. Cellular 250, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. It has also served as the presenting sponsor of the 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, since its inception in 2008.
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