Verizon Wireless Arena

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This article is about the arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. For the former Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, see Verizon Arena. For the former MCI Center in Washington, D.C., see Verizon Center. For the arena in Mankato, Minnesota, see Verizon Wireless Center.
Verizon Wireless Arena
"The Verizon"
Verizon Wireless Arena logo.png
Verizon Wireless Arena front.jpg
Former names Civic Arena (during construction)
Location 555 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Coordinates 42°59′11″N 71°27′44″W / 42.98639°N 71.46222°W / 42.98639; -71.46222Coordinates: 42°59′11″N 71°27′44″W / 42.98639°N 71.46222°W / 42.98639; -71.46222
Owner City of Manchester
Operator SMG
Capacity 9,852 (hockey)[1]
11,140 (basketball)
10,050 (end stage)
11,770 (centerstage concerts)
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground April 13, 2000[2]
Opened November 15, 2001
Construction cost $68,000,000
($90.6 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect HOK Sport
Lavallee Brensinger Architects[4]
Project manager ScheerGame Sports Development, LLC.[5]
Structural engineer LeMessurier Consultants[6]
General contractor Gilbane[7]/Harvey[8]
Manchester Monarchs (AHL) (2001–present)
Manchester Wolves (af2) (2002–2009)

The Verizon Wireless Arena is an indoor events arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, and seats 9,852 for ice hockey, 11,140 for basketball and up to 11,770 for concerts.[9]

Verizon Wireless paid for the arena's naming rights. The facility was originally known during construction as Civic Arena, and this name still appears on most of the directional signs around town.

The arena contains 542 club seats, 34 luxury suites, and 5 party suites.[9]


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.

Sporting events[edit]

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, 2011 and 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.

Other events[edit]

The arena has hosted dozens of concerts by major artists, many of whom have visited the Manchester venue on multiple occasions.

Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in June 2007, to speak at the Manchester Central High School graduation.

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. Obama also appeared at the arena in May 2007 to speak at the Southern New Hampshire University commencement.

Adam Sandler, a Manchester native, gave a speech at the 2008 Manchester Memorial High School graduation, and both 2003 and 2010 Manchester Central High School graduations.

2012 Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney delivered his final speech before election day at the arena on November 5, 2012. The event drew nearly 18,000 people and was the largest political event in New Hampshire's history. Overflow supporters were forced to watch the speech on large outdoor televisions because the arena ran out of space. The event included a concert performed by Kid Rock in support of Gov. Romney.

The FIRST Robotics Competition holds its regional competition, the BAE Systems Granite State Regional, in the arena every year.

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  1. ^ "AHL Set to Kick Off 75th Anniversary Season". American Hockey League. October 8, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "American Hockey League Teams From Manchester and Lowell Will Not Face Each Other on the Ice Until at Least the Fall of 2001". The Telegraph (Nashua). May 6, 2000. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "Verizon Wireless Arena". Lavallee Brensinger Architects. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "ScheerGame Completes N.H. Arena". Milwaukee Business Journal. November 5, 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Resumes". LeMessurier Consultants. Archived from the original on March 1, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Special Report: What's On Deck". SportsBusiness Journal. July 30, 2001. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "History". Harvey Construction. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Arena Info". Verizon Wireless Arena. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 

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