Tony’s Pizza Events Center
|Bi Center, Mid-America's Meeting Place|
|Former names||Salina Bicentennial Center (1979-2017)|
|Location||800 The Midway
Salina, Kansas 67401
|Owner||City of Salina|
|Opened||June 2, 1979|
|Kansas Cagerz (USBL) (1999–2007)
Salina Rattlers (IBA) (2000–2001)
Salina Bombers (CPIFL/CIF) (2013–2015)
Salina Liberty (CIF) (2016–present)
Salina Saints (ABA) (2016–present)
Tony’s Pizza Events Center, formerly the Bicentennial Center, is located in Salina, Kansas. It includes a 7,583-seat multipurpose arena, meeting rooms and Heritage Hall, an 18,000 square foot convention center. It is home of the Salina Liberty of the Champions Indoor Football league, and is nicknamed Mid-America's Meeting Place. On February 22, 2017, it was announced that the name of the Bicentennial Center would be changed to the Tony's Pizza Events Center, effective immediately.
The City of Salina is the primary owner of the center. Spectra manages the center as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world.
A variety of events are held at the events center, including concerts, family shows, sport events, trade shows, and conventions. Annual events include: Salina Invitational Basketball Tournament, Salina Home & Leisure Show, Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA) 4A Wrestling, Basketball and Volleyball State Tournaments, National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Women's Division I Basketball National Championship, Mid-America Farm Expo, Shrine Circus, Tri-Rivers Fair, and commencements for Salina Area Technical College, Brown Mackie College, and USD 305.
The arena has been home to five professional sports franchises: the Kansas Cagerz of the United States Basketball League (1999-2007), the Salina Rattlers of the International Basketball Association (2000-2001), the Salina Bombers of the Champions Indoor Football league (2013-2015), the Salina Liberty, also of the CIF (2016-present), and the Salina Saints of the American Basketball Association (2016-present).
The first concert at the center was the Osmonds, on June 2, 1979. The concert sold out, and there was a crowd of 7,300.
On August 26, 1990, the rock band KISS performed at the arena as part of their Hot in the Shade Tour. During the show, the band's enormous stage set overloaded the arena's power supply causing a transformer to explode outside the building and cutting electricity inside the arena. This abruptly ended the show before the band could complete their set. A short time later, band member Paul Stanley phoned a local radio station and promised to return to Salina to make up for the shortened show. This phone call was recorded and played on the air. To date, KISS has never returned.
On February 22, 2017, the center was renamed from Salina Bicentennial Center to Tony's Pizza Event Center and described as "the largest pizza facility in the world.” A food service subsidiary of Schwan Food Company paid $1,200,000 to receive comprehensive naming rights for 15 years.
Wrestling/Mixed Martial Arts
- World Championship Wrestling - April 8 & October 15, 1993, May 8 & November 17, 1998 & December 3, 1999
- TNA Wrestling - August 22, 2008 & March 2, 2010
- United Fighting Federation - Fall Brawl - November 8, 2008
- Warfare Xtreme Cagefighting - Caged Controversy - May 2, 2009
- WWE NXT Live - May 5, 2016
- The Osmonds - June 2, 1979
- Kansas - Monolith Tour, with LeRoux - July 21, 1979, Audio Visions Tour - October 19, 1980, Power Tour - March 7, 1987, 1991 Tour, with Foghat - July 27, 1991 & 1993 Tour, with Foghat & Molly Hatchet - July 31, 1993
- The Charlie Daniels Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage & The Henry Paul Band - August 24, 1979
- Journey - Departure Tour - July 8, 1980
- Van Halen & The Cats - World Invasion "Party 'Til You Die" Tour - August 24, 1980
- Heart & Robert Palmer - September 7, 1980
- The Beach Boys & Randy Meisner & The Silverados - February 16, 1981
- Doobie Brothers & Carl Wilson - June 23, 1981
- Kenny Rogers - with Charly McClain - July 18, 1981, Christmas From The Heart Tour, with The Toy Shoppe - December 2, 2000
- Hall & Oates & Donnie Iris - March 27, 1982
- Loverboy & Point Blank - August 5, 1982
- Chicago - October 2, 1982
- Alabama & Janie Fricke - November 27, 1982
- Barry Manilow - January 25, 1983
- Blue Öyster Cult - Blot & Blue Tour, with Blotto - February 27, 1983 & with Kansas - July 31, 1996
- Ricky Skaggs & Gene Watson - March 10, 1985
- Rick Springfield & The Motels - September 15, 1985
- KISS - Asylum Tour, with King Kobra - March 9, 1986 & Hot in the Shade Tour, with Winger & Slaughter - August 26, 1990
- Vince Gill & Patty Loveless - May 10, 1992
- The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - June 13, 1992
- Andy Williams - December 4, 1992
- The Black Crowes & The Jayhawks - February 23, 1993
- Anne Murray - May 2, 1993
- Brooks & Dunn & Pam Tillis - August 15, 1993
- Dan Fogelberg - March 26, 1994
- Mötley Crüe - August 21, 1994
- Lorrie Morgan & Clay Walker - August 27, 1994
- LeAnn Rimes & Bryan White - January 4, 1998
- The Oak Ridge Boys - December 12, 1999
- Bob Dylan - 2000 North American Tour, with Asleep at the Wheel - April 5, 2000 & 2009 North American Tour - October 23, 2009
- Oldies 98.5 Rock 'N' Roll Revival, featuring Lesley Gore, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Johnny Preston, Merrilee Rush & Sam the Sham - October 22, 2000 & Revival II, featuring The Platters with Sonny Turner, Danny & the Juniors, Ray Peterson, Rosie of The Originals & Bobby Lewis - November 3, 2001
- My Fair Lady - Broadway in Salina Series - December 5, 2001
- Collin Raye - December 15, 2001
- Rascal Flatts with Brian McComas - I Melt Tour - February 6, 2004 and with Barrett Baber - Rhythm & Roots Tour - March 18, 2016
- Audio Adrenaline, Relient K, Kids in the Way & Number One Gun - September 19, 2004
- Newsboys, Rebecca St. James & Todd Agnew - November 26, 2004
- Michael W. Smith, Selah & Watermark - Healing Rain Tour - April 20, 2005
- Willie Nelson - September 2, 2005
- Larry the Cable Guy - October 9, 2005
- Casting Crowns, Building 429 & Tony Nolan - Lifesong Tour - October 23, 2005
- 2006 Winter Jam Tour Spectacular - Newsboys, NewSong, tobyMac, ZOEgirl, Hawk Nelson & Krystal Meyers - March 2, 2006
- MercyMe, Audio Adrenaline & Gabriel Peter - Coming Up To Breathe Tour - February 17, 2007
- Jeff Dunham & Jason Dixon - May 16, 2007
- Big Band Dance, featuring Bobby Layne & His Orchestra - June 8, 2007
- Mark Lundholm - September 19, 2007
- tobyMac, BarlowGirl, & Thousand Foot Krutch - Portable Sounds Tour - November 2, 2007
- Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum & Eric Durrance - November 7, 2008
- Darius Rucker, The Eli Young Band & David Nail - March 8, 2014
- Ted Nugent - Sonic Baptizm 2016 Tour - September 1, 2016
- Professional Bull Riders - Match of Champions Tour - August 6–7, 2003, Humps 'N' Horns Tour - July 30–31, 2004, 2007 Discovery Tour - February 2–3, 2007, 2008 Discovery Tour - February 1–2, 2008 & 2009 Discovery Tour - February 6–7, 2009
- Outlaw Monster Truck Nationals - November 8, 2003
- Monster Truck Winter Nationals - March 31, 2007
- The Harlem Globetrotters - March 28, 2008
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