Von Braun Center
|Von Braun Center|
|Former names||Huntsville Civic Center
Von Braun Civic Center
|Location||700 Monroe Street
Huntsville, Alabama 35801
|Broke ground||February 23, 1973|
|Opened||March 14, 1975|
|Owner||Von Braun Center Board of Control|
|Operator||Von Braun Center Board of Control|
|Surface||200' x 85' (hockey)|
|Construction cost||$15 million
($65.1 million in 2013 dollars)
13,760 (concert events)
|Alabama Hammers (PIFL) (2012-present)
Dixie Derby Girls (WFTDA) (2004–present)
Huntsville Havoc (SPHL) (2004–present)
Huntsville Flight (NBDL) (2001–2005)
Alabama Vipers (AFL) (2000–2010)
Huntsville Fire (EISL) (1997–1998)
UAH Chargers (NCAA hockey) (1979–present)
The Von Braun Center (VBC), known as the Von Braun Civic Center (VBCC) until 1997, is a multi-purpose indoor arena, meeting, and performing arts complex, with a maximum arena seating capacity of 10,000, located in Huntsville, Alabama. The original facility debuted in 1975 and has undergone several significant expansions since opening.
The VBC, in addition to the arena, features multiple exhibit halls, a concert hall, a playhouse and many other facilities, for meetings and exhibits.
It is named in honor of Dr. Wernher von Braun, a former German rocket scientist who, after World War II, was brought to the United States Army's Redstone Arsenal and along with many of his colleagues, laid the foundation for the United States space program.
According to The Von Braun Center website Elvis Presley appeared May 30 through June 1 1975 for an unprecedented five performances. It was the first time Elvis had played that many consecutive performances in a venue outside of Las Vegas or Stateline, Nevada.
The VBC is the home of the UAH Chargers ice hockey team, the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League, and the Alabama Hammers of the Southern Indoor Football League. Former sports teams at the VBC include the Huntsville Flight basketball of the NBDL, the Huntsville Blast and Huntsville Channel Cats ice hockey teams, the Huntsville Fire (EISL) soccer team and the Alabama Vipers arena football team.
On October 23, 2008, it was announced that the VBC Arena would undergo a massive $15M renovation and would be renamed the Propst Arena, after the family that donated $5M to the city for the expansion. On Friday, February 5, 2010 a groundbreaking ceremony was held marking further renovations to what is now known as the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall.
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- Roop, Lee (October 23, 2008). "VBC Plans $15M Arena Facelift and Expansion". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved October 23, 2008.
- Steve, Doyle (February 6, 2010). "$25 Million Von Braun Center Makeover to Become Much More Visible Next Week". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved February 6, 2010.
- "Von Braun Center History: Our First 25 Years". Von Braun Center. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
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