Bon Secours Wellness Arena

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Bon Secours Wellness Arena
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Bon Secours Wellness Arena in 2016.
Location 650 North Academy Street
Greenville, South Carolina, USA 29601
Coordinates 34°51′10″N 82°23′29″W / 34.852789°N 82.391458°W / 34.852789; -82.391458Coordinates: 34°51′10″N 82°23′29″W / 34.852789°N 82.391458°W / 34.852789; -82.391458
Owner Greenville Arena District
Operator Greenville Arena District
Capacity Hockey: 14,970
Basketball: 15,951
Concert (Center Stage): 17,300
Concert (End Stage): 13,000–16,500
Construction
Broke ground March 7, 1996[1]
Opened September 3, 1998[4]
Construction cost $63 million
($92.6 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Odell Associates
AMI Associates
Project manager International Facilities Group, LLC.[3]
Structural engineer Geiger Engineers PC
General contractor Fluor Daniel[3]
Tenants
Greenville Road Warriors/Swamp Rabbits (ECHL) (2010–present)
Greenville Force (SIFL) (2009–2010)
Greenville Grrrowl (ECHL) (1998–2006)
Carolina Rhinos (AF2) (2000–2002)
Greenville Groove (NBDL) (2001–2003)
Clemson Tigers men's basketball (NCAA) (2015–2016)

Since 1998, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (formerly the BI-LO Center) has consistently delivered top entertainment options in South Carolina. Endearingly known as "The Well," Bon Secours Wellness Arena ("BSWA") is located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, United States and hosts on average over 120 major events per year. In any given year, over 500,000 live entertainment enthusiasts attend family shows, concerts, and sporting events making the arena one of the most cherished and valued assets in the Upstate.

History[edit]

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena was built in 1998 at a cost of US $63 million, under its former name of BI-LO Center, to replace Greenville's outdated and under-repaired Greenville Memorial Auditorium, which was imploded on September 20, 1997 on a site located across the street from the new arena.[5] The arena naming rights were purchased by Dutch grocer Ahold, then-owner of BI-LO, which had been founded in nearby Mauldin and was still based there at the time. When it was built, it passed Columbia's Carolina Coliseum as the largest arena in the state of South Carolina, a distinction it held until 2002, when the Colonial Center was built in Columbia.

Renovations/Renaming[edit]

On September 18, 2013, the BI-LO Center was officially renamed the Bon Secours Wellness Arena after the Bon Secours Health System purchased the naming rights.

Seating Capacity[edit]

As a concert venue, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena can seat approximately 17,300 spectators, depending on the positioning of the stage. In addition, the arena features 30 luxury suites and 840 club seats.

Notable Events[edit]

Currently, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena regularly hosts a wide variety of events such as professional wrestling, monster truck rallies, ice dancing shows and competitions, and concerts spanning many different musical genres.

Concerts[edit]

During an average year, The Well hosts 20-25 concerts spanning across all music genres and related artists. Notable concerts include The Eagles, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Pearl Jam, Eric Church, Bon Jovi, and many more.

Family Events[edit]

The arena also hosts a number of family events such as Disney on Ice, Monster Jam, WWE Raw, and Harlem Globetrotters. These perennial favorites form the foundation of strong annual programming.

Sporting Events[edit]

The arena has served as the home of multiple professional and semi-professional teams. From 2001-2003, the arena served as the home for the Greenville Groove, one of the original members of the National Basketball Development League. It also hosted the Carolina Rhinos football team, one of the inaugural members of AF2 , from 2000-2002. Beginning in 1998, the arena hosted the Greenville Grrrowl, an ECHL team. Despite having won the Kelly Cup in 2002, the Greenville Grrrowl folded in 2006. On February 14, 2010 the ECHL team the Johnstown Chiefs announced that it would be moving from Johnstown, PA to Greenville, SC following the 2010 season. The Johnstown Chiefs became first the Greenville Road Warriors and then in 2015 were renamed the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.[6]

Baskteball[edit]

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted the Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament in 2000 and 2001, as well as first and second-round games during the 2002 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In September 2016, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. In September 2016, the NCAA announced that it would move all tournament games scheduled to take place in North Carolina during the 2016-2017 academic year, due to North Carolina's controversial House Bill 2. Therefore, on March 17 and 19, 2017, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted the first and second round games for the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, originally intended to take place at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex in Greensboro, North Carolina. This was the first NCAA postseason basketball event to have been held at the arena since 2002.[7]

In 2005, the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament was played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena following a scheduling conflict with the intended host site, Philips Arena. Logistically, Philips Arena could not hold the 2005 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament just six weeks after the 54th NHL All-Star Game. Even with the 2004-2005 NHL Lockout, the SEC chose to keep the tournament in Greenville. The SEC Women's Tournament returned to Greenville in March of 2017.[8]

On October 10, 2014, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena hosted an NBA preseason game between the Washington Wizards and Charlotte Hornets.

Due to the significant renovation planned for Clemson University's Littlejohn Coliseum, the Clemson Tigers Men's and Women's Basketball Teams played their home games for the 2015–2016 season at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bi-Lo Center Breaking Ground Today in Downtown Greenville". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. March 7, 1996. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Bi-Lo Center". International Facilities Group. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Findlay, Prentiss (September 3, 1998). "On the Town". The Post and Courier. Charleston, SC. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (September 21, 1997). "Greenville Memorial Auditorium Is History". The State. Greenville, SC. Retrieved April 5, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Chiefs Seeking Relocation for 2010-11". Johnstown Chiefs. February 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 27, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "NCAA Announces Sites for Relocated Championships". NCAA. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Greenville to host 2017 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament". 
  9. ^ Robinson, Mandrallius (April 17, 2015). "The Well gives Clemson a home away from home". The Greenville News. Archived from the original on July 12, 2015. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 

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