|Former names||CSU Convocation Center (1991–2005)|
|Location||2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
|Broke ground||August 1989|
|Opened||November 1, 1991|
|Owner||Cleveland State University|
|Construction cost||USD$55 million
($94.3 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||URS-Dalton Consultants, Cleveland|
|Capacity||13,610 (8,500 with curtain system)|
|Cleveland Force (MISL) (1992–2005)
Cleveland State University (NCAA) (1991–present)
The Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Convocation Center (more commonly known as the Wolstein Center or The Convo) is an indoor arena located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It replaced the Woodling Gym. It is the largest basketball arena in the Horizon League.
Completed on November 1, 1991 at a cost of $55 million, it was the largest university-owned arena in Ohio until Value City Arena at Ohio State University was completed. The arena seats 13,610 for basketball, and (with additional floor seating) can hold 15,000 for concerts and professional wrestling. Cleveland State used revenues from its 1986 NCAA men's basketball tournament run to help build what is now the Wolstein Center.
The main arena is named the Goodman Arena after Henry J. Goodman, former chairman of the Cleveland State board of trustees.
Originally named the CSU Convocation Center, the building assumed its present name on January 1, 2005.
It has also hosted numerous concerts, recently featuring artists such as Martina McBride, Avril Lavigne, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, and TobyMac. The Wolstein Center has hosted conferences and has served as a site for NCAA men's basketball tournament games.
NBC News held a Democratic Party presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on February 26, 2008 at the Wolstein Center. The debate was broadcast live on MSNBC, and was moderated by Brian Williams with Tim Russert.
The Wolstein Center also hosted multiple professional wrestling events from numerous companies, including WWE's Monday Night Raw on January 26, 2009, and Friday Night Smackdown on December 28, 2010. World Championship Wrestling also held numerous events (including episodes of WCW Monday Nitro) at the center until WCW's folding in 2001, and TNA Wrestling's weekly Impact Wrestling on August 29, 2013.
Establishing and maintaining a steady stream of bookings for the facility, however, has been a somewhat more elusive goal. In August, 2010 CSU hired a sporting event marketing company and a management company to manage and promote the facility. In 2012, a published report stated that it cost $2.5 million to operate the center for one year and also that the center was running deficits of up to $160,000 per annum - deficits which were covered by redirecting profits from other university operations such as parking and the university bookstore. By the first quarter of 2012 the string of losses prompted trustees to give serious consideration to the center and its future. By October, 2013 the University's Board of Trustees, having been informed of the previous year's $1 million deficit, renewed its consideration of ways to reduce or eliminate the continued operating losses attributable to the facility. One of the possible courses of action mentioned at the time was demolition. Another was soliciting a lease from a megachurch.
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