Wolstein Center

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Wolstein Center
Goodman Arena
Wolstein Center Entrance.jpg
Former names CSU Convocation Center (1991–2005)
Location 2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Owner Cleveland State University
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 13,610 (8,500 with curtain system)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground August 1989
Opened November 1, 1991
Construction cost USD$55 million
($95.2 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Architect URS-Dalton Consultants, Cleveland, Whitley/Whitley Architects, Cleveland, OH
Tenants
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.

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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.[2]

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 is home to the Cleveland State University men's and women's basketball teams and the former home of the Cleveland Crunch and the Cleveland Force of the NPSL and MISL.

It has also hosted numerous concerts, recently featuring artists such as Martina McBride, Fall Out Boy, 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.[3]

It hosted the 1992 Mid-Continent Conference men's basketball tournament and the 2002 Horizon League men's basketball tournament.

The PBR's Bud Light Cup tour hosted a bull riding event at this venue in 2000 and 2001.[4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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 (Global Spectrum) to manage and promote the facility.[8]

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Coordinates: 41°29′57″N 81°40′37″W / 41.49917°N 81.67694°W / 41.49917; -81.67694