Bon Secours Wellness Arena
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Bon Secours Wellness Arena in 2016.
|Former names||BI-LO Center (1998–2013)|
|Location||650 North Academy Street|
Greenville, South Carolina, USA 29601
|Owner||Greenville Arena District|
|Operator||Greenville Arena District|
|Capacity||Hockey: 15,951 |
Concert (Center Stage): 19,000
Concert (End Stage): 17,500
|Broke ground||March 7, 1996|
|Opened||September 3, 1998|
|Construction cost||$63 million|
($96.8 million in 2018 dollars)
|Project manager||International Facilities Group, LLC.|
|Structural engineer||Geiger Engineers PC|
|General contractor||Fluor Daniel|
|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)
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Arena was built in 1998 at a cost of US $63 million, under its former name of BI-LO Center, to replace Greenville's outdated and under-repaired Greenville Memorial Auditorium, which was imploded on September 20, 1997 on a site located across the street from the new arena. 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 Carolina Center was built in Columbia.
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.
As a concert venue, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena can seat approximately 19,000 spectators, depending on the positioning of the stage. In addition, the arena features 30 luxury suites and 840 club seats.
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.
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.
The Bi-Lo Center opened with Janet Jackson in 1998 and followed in the same year with Pearl Jam, and later, Rob Zombie with Korn; Jay-Z in 1999; Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Creed, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Foo Fighters, Ricky Martin, NSYNC, Limp Bizkit with Godsmack, Eminem with DMX (who once lived in Greenville) in 2000; Fuel with Buckcherry, Dave Matthews Band in 2001; and Puddle of Mudd, and Tool in 2002. Jars of Clay performed there in '07 for their Christmas Offerings Tour.
|List of events held at the Coliseum Complex|
|Alan Jackson||Keepin' It Country Tour||March 28, 2015||Brandy Clark & Jon Pardi|
|Alice Cooper||A Paranormal Evening with Alice Cooper||March 26, 2018||N/A|
|Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman||An Evening with Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman||February 28, 2016||N/A|
|Amy Schumer||US Comedy Stand Up Tour 2016||April 29, 2016||N/A|
|The Avett Brothers||True Sadness Tour||October 29, 2016||N/A|
|Backstreet Boys||Black & Blue Tour||June 12, 2001||Shaggy & Krystal Harris|
|Bethel Music||Outcry Tour||April 22, 2018||N/A|
|The Black Keys||Turn Blue Tour||December 13, 2014||St. Vincent|
|Blake Shelton||Country Music Freaks Tour||March 9, 2018||Brett Eldredge & Carly Pearce|
|Blink-182||California Tour||August 3, 2016||A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects|
& DJ Spider
|Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band||Travelin' Man: The Final Tour||December 20, 2018||N/A|
|Bon Jovi||One Wild Night Tour||May 15, 2001|
|This House Is Not for Sale Tour||February 8, 2017||Michael Tracy|
|Brad Paisley||Beat This Winter Tour||January 9, 2014||Chris Young & Danielle Bradbury|
|Brand New||The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me 10th Anniversary Tour||November 8, 2016||Modern Baseball & The Front Bottoms|
|Brantley Gilbert||Let It Ride Tour||May 10, 2014||Eric Paslay & Thomas Rhett|
|The Ones Like Me Tour||February 8, 2018||Aaron Lewis & Josh Phillips|
|Britney Spears||(You Drive Me) Crazy Tour||April 26, 2000||LFO & Bosson|
|Casting Crowns||The Very Next Thing Tour||March 9, 2017||Danny Gokey & Unspoken|
|Charlie Wilson||Forever Charlie Tour||March 11, 2015||N/A|
|Chris Tomlin||The Love Ran Red Tour||March 5, 2015||Rend Collective & Tenth Avenue North|
|Colton Dixon||Spring Tour 2014||April 19, 2014||N/A|
|Eagles||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||January 19, 2009||N/A|
|History of the Eagles||July 12, 2015|
|Elton John||Big Picture Tour||September 30, 1998||N/A|
|Songs from the West Coast Tour||September 7, 2002|
|The Captain and the Kid Tour||May 4, 2007|
|All the Hits Tour||March 13, 2015|
|Eminem, Limp Bizkit
|Anger Management Tour||December 13, 2000|
|Eric Church||Outsiders World Tour||December 12, 2014||Halestorm|
|Holdin' My Own Tour||May 6, 2017||N/A|
|Florida Georgia Line||Here's to the Good Times Tour||November 9, 2013||Colt Ford|
|Garth Brooks||World Tour||November 20, 2016||Trisha Yearwood|
|Godsmack & Shinedown||When Legends Rise Tour||September 21, 2018||Asking Alexandria|
|Greenville Music Festival||2017
|May 13, 2017||K-Ci & JoJo, Next & 112|
|Hillsong United||Welcome Zion Tour||November 19, 2014||N/A|
|Hillsong Worship||Outcry Tour||April 7, 2016||Elevation Worship|
|James Taylor||2014 Fall US Tour||November 22, 2014||N/A|
|2018 US Tour||May 19, 2018||Bonnie Raitt|
|Janet Jackson||The Velvet Rope Tour||March 3, 1998|
|Jason Aldean||My Kinda Party Tour||January 20, 2012||Luke Bryan & Lauren Alaina|
|2013 Night Train Tour||2013||Jake Owen & Thomas Rhett|
|Burn It Down Tour||February 12, 2015||Tyler Farr & Cole Swindell|
|They Don't Know Tour||October 21, 2017||Kane Brown & Chris Young|
|Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy||We've Been Thinking Tour||April 24, 2016||N/A|
|Joe Bonamassa||2017 Fall North American Tour||December 5, 2017||N/A|
|Journey||Eclipse Tour||June 11, 2017||Asia|
|Keith Urban||Light the Fuse Tour||December 6, 2013||Dustin Lynch|
|Kenny Chesney||The Big Revival Tour||April 8, 2015||Jake Owen & Chase Rice|
|Lady Antebellum||Own the Night Tour||June 23, 2012||Darius Rucker & Thompson Square|
|Take Me Downtown Tour||February 22, 2014||Lauren Alaina, Kip Moore,|
Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett
|Wheels Up Tour||September 12, 2015||Hunter Hayes & Kelsea Ballerini|
|Little Big Town||Pain Killer Tour||October 16, 2015||Drake White & The Big Fire|
|The Breakers Tour||April 20, 2018||Kacey Musgraves & Midland|
|Luke Bryan||Kill The Lights Tour||March 11, 2017||Brett Eledredge|
|Maxwell||Maxwell-Summers' Tour '17||May 24, 2017||Ledisi & Common|
|Meghan Trainor||The Untouchable Tour||September 20, 2016||N/A|
|Miranda Lambert||Livin’ Like Hippies Tour||January 18, 2018||Brent Cobb & Jon Pardi|
|Mötley Crüe||Mötley Crüe Final Tour||October 21, 2014||Alice Cooper & The Raskins|
|Needtobreathe||Forever on Your Side Tour||October 6, 2018||Johnnyswim & The Rocketboys|
|Tour De Compadres 2016||November 11, 2016||Mat Kearney, Parachute & Welshly Arms|
|NSYNC||No Strings Attached Tour||October 20, 2000|
|Pearl Jam||2016 North America Tour||April 16, 2016||N/A|
|Pentatonix||Pentatonix World Tour||November 15, 2016||Us the Duo & Abi Ann|
|Phillip Phillips||2014 Fall Tour||November 5, 2014||N/A|
|R. Kelly||Love and War Tour||May 4, 2014||Tamar Braxton|
|Red Hot Chili Peppers||Californication Tour||May 7, 2000|
|REO Speedwagon & Styx||2018 World Tour||April 7, 2018||Don Felder|
|Ricky Martin||Livin' la Vida Loca Tour||July 11, 2000|
|Rob Zombie||The Second Comming Tour||October 2, 2017||N/A|
|Shania Twain||Rock This Country Tour||July 18, 2015||Gavin DeGraw|
|Shinedown & Five Finger Death Punch||Fall 2016 Tour||December 9, 2016||Sixx A.M. & As Lions|
|Skillet & Third Day||Springs Tour 2014||March 27, 2014||Mandisa & Peter Furler Band|
|Sugarland||Still the Same Tour||August 4, 2018||Frankie Ballard & Lindsay Ell|
|Tim McGraw & Faith Hill||Soul2Soul Tour||July 16, 2000||The Warren Brothers|
|Soul2Soul: The World Tour||September 15, 2017||Eric Paslay|
|TobyMac||Hits Deep Tour||April 4, 2017||Matt Maher, Capital Kings,|
Ryan Stevenson, Hollyn
|Trans-Siberian Orchestra||TSO East 2013||November 23, 2013||N/A|
|TSO East 2014||November 23, 2014|
|TSO East 2015||November 22, 2015|
|TSO East 2016||December 9, 2016|
|TSO East 2017||December 8, 2017|
|TSO East 2018||December 7, 2018|
|Winter Jam Tour Spectacular||—||February 7, 2014||N/A|
|February 6, 2015|
|February 12, 2016|
|February 17, 2017|
|March 25, 2018|
|Yanni||25th Anniversary 'Live At The Acropolis' Tour 2018||May 5, 2018||N/A|
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.
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.
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 2017. In October 2017, it was announced that Bon Secours would host the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament for three consecutive years, starting with the 2019 tournament.
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.
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- "Chiefs Seeking Relocation for 2010-11". Johnstown Chiefs. February 14, 2010. Archived from the original on January 27, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
- "NCAA Announces Sites for Relocated Championships". NCAA. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- "Greenville to host 2017 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament".
- Landrum, Cindy (October 25, 2017). "Greenville lands SEC women's basketball tournament in 2019, 2020 and 2021". Greenville Journal. Retrieved September 3, 2018.
- 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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