American Bank Center
|Former names||Bayfront Plaza (1967–2004)|
|Address||1901 North Shoreline Boulevard|
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
|Owner||City of Corpus Christi|
(operated by SMG)
2,500 (Selena Auditorium)
|Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders (NCAA) (2004–present)|
Corpus Christi Rayz/IceRays (CHL) (2004–2010)
Corpus Christi Fury (AIF) (2005–2006, 2010–2016)
Corpus Christi Sharks (AF2) (2007–2009)
Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL) (2010–present)
Hurricane Alley Roller Derby (WFTDA) (2015–present)
Corpus Christi Rage (NAL) (2017)
The American Bank Center is an entertainment complex located in Corpus Christi, Texas. The complex consists of an auditorium, convention center and arena. The facility hosts numerous conventions, trade shows, exhibitions, live performances and sporting events. It is home to the Corpus Christi IceRays Tier II Jr. A ice hockey team and the Texas A&M–Corpus Christi Islanders men's and women's NCAA basketball teams. It is owned by the city of Corpus Christi and managed by SMG.
In 2007, the arena was the site for a controversial event in the WWE. The same day as the scheduled Raw taping, professional wrestler Chris Benoit had died, with the promotion running a tribute show while being unaware of the circumstances until the show almost ended. EliteXC: Renegade was held at the arena in 2007 and WEC 39 in 2009.
American Bank Center Arena
- The American Bank Center Arena is an indoor arena located adjacent to the American Bank Center Convention Center. The construction of the arena was a joint effort by Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates, Arquitectonica and Gignac & Associates. The venue broke ground on November 3, 2002, and was completed in October 2004. Unique to the area is its split-tiered seating system design. This allows the large venue to have the illusion of a theatre setting. The maximum capacity of the arena is 10,000 for sporting events and concerts. The cost of the project was over $49 million.
- The Selena Auditorium opened in 1979, then known as the Bayfront Plaza Auditorium. The venue was the filming location of the Johnny Canales Show. In 1996 the venue was renamed in commemoration of notable resident, Tejano musician Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, whose memorial and public viewing were held at the venue the previous year. It was renovated in 2004 to connect the property to the other buildings in the complex. The maximum capacity is 2,500. The venue is noted for its acoustics and for being "one of the most attended venues for entertainment in the Texas Coastal Bend area".
American Bank Center Convention Center
- First opened in 1967 as the Bayfront Plaza Convention Center, it underwent renovation and was renamed American Bank Center Convention Center in November 2004. The convention center consists of five exhibits halls, two ballrooms and 21 meeting rooms. The main ballroom is called the Henry Garrett Ballroom. The South Texas Oilfield Expo was one of the largest patrons of the convention center in 2012.
- "Official Website of the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi TX: Arena History". www.americanbankcenter.com. Retrieved 2017-03-09.
- Smith, Mike (September 20, 2012). "South Texas Oilfield Expo draws thousands of oil and gas insiders to Corpus Christi". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
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