Verizon Wireless Arena
|Verizon Wireless Arena|
|Former names||Civic Arena (during construction)|
|Location||555 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
|Broke ground||April 13, 2000|
|Opened||November 15, 2001|
|Owner||City of Manchester|
($89.6 million in 2013 dollars)
Lavallee Brensinger Architects
|Project manager||ScheerGame Sports Development, LLC.|
|Structural engineer||LeMessurier Consultants|
10,050 (end stage)
11,770 (centerstage concerts)
|Manchester Monarchs (AHL) (2001–present)
Manchester Wolves (af2) (2002–2009)
The arena contains 542 club seats, 34 luxury suites, and 5 party suites.
The Verizon Wireless Arena's physical features include its notable curved blue roof, which helps heavy New Hampshire snowfall to slide off. The arena's east, north and south facades are completely glass, which provides a view of the Manchester skyline to spectators. The west facade is made of brick. The arena has two luxury boxes, on the east and west sides of the interior.
The arena is home to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and the former home of the Manchester Wolves of the now disbanded af2. The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team also plays some of their home games there, annually against Dartmouth College in the Battle for the Riverstone Cup, and less frequently in Hockey East conference play. The Verizon has hosted the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, WWE Backlash in 2005, and the NCAA Men's Frozen Four Northeast Regional tournament in 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011. UNH is scheduled to play host to the NCAA Ice Hockey Northeast Regional tournament again in 2013. State high school basketball and hockey championships have been held in the arena. Both the Boston Celtics of the NBA and the Boston Bruins of the NHL regularly play preseason games at the arena.
The arena has hosted dozens of concerts by major artists, many of whom have visited the Manchester venue on multiple occasions.
In December 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and TV icon Oprah Winfrey appeared at a campaign rally at the arena, drawing over 8,000 people to one of the largest political events in New Hampshire history. Obama also appeared at the arena in May 2007 to speak at the Southern New Hampshire University commencement. Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in June 2007, to speak at the Manchester Central High School graduation.
2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered his final speech before election day at the arena on November 5, 2012.
A stitched panoramic image of the inside of the Verizon before a Manchester Monarchs AHL game versus the Providence Bruins
- "American Hockey League Teams From Manchester and Lowell Will Not Face Each Other on the Ice Until at Least the Fall of 2001". Nashua Telegraph. May 6, 2000. Retrieved September 14, 2011.
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2013. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved March 31, 2013.
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