CenturyLink Arena

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CenturyLink Arena
Full name CenturyLink Arena Boise
Former names Bank of America Centre, Qwest Arena
Location 233 South Capitol Boulevard
Boise, Idaho 83702
Coordinates 43°36′52″N 116°12′15″W / 43.614508°N 116.204163°W / 43.614508; -116.204163Coordinates: 43°36′52″N 116°12′15″W / 43.614508°N 116.204163°W / 43.614508; -116.204163
Owner Block 22 LLC
Operator Block 22 LLC
Capacity Ice hockey: 5,002
Basketball: 5,732
Concerts: 6,800
Boxing: 6,400
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground January 21, 1996[1]
Opened September 24, 1997[8]
Construction cost $50 million
($73.5 million in 2015 dollars[2])
Architect HNTB[3]
Structural engineer Cary Kopczynski & Company[4]
Services engineer Engineering Incorporated[5]
General contractor PCL/McAlvain[6][7]
Tenants
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) (1997–present)
Idaho/Boise Stallions (IPFL) (1999–2001)
Idaho Stampede (NBA D-League) (2001–present)
Boise Burn (AF2) (2006–2009)
Website
centurylinkarenaboise.com

CenturyLink Arena Boise (also known as CenturyLink Arena) is a multi-purpose arena in Boise, Idaho, United States. It holds 5,002 fans for ice hockey, 5,300 for basketball, 5,732 for end-stage concerts, 6,400 for boxing and up to 6,800 for center-stage concerts. It contains 4,508 permanent seats. It was built for $50 million.

It has been home to the Idaho Steelheads ECHL ice hockey team since 1997, the home of the Boise Stallions Indoor football team from 1999 to 2001, the home of the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League during the 2001 season and again since the 2005-06 season, and the home of the Boise Burn arena football team from 2007 to 2009.

Features[edit]

The arena features 39 corporate suites, 1,100 Club Premiere seats, standing room space for 200 people, The Zone restaurant overlooking the arena, as well as a Blimpie franchise among the 9 concession stands. The arena is physically connected to the Grove Hotel at the corner of Front Street & Capitol Boulevard in Boise. The main entrance to the arena is from the Grove Plaza. There are two scoreboards and a Daktronics ProStar videoboard.

The venue's logo when it was known as Qwest Arena.

Events[edit]

CenturyLink Arena hosted the 2006 CBA All-Star Game (while the Idaho Stampede were still part of the CBA) and the 2007 ECHL All-Star Game.

Other events hosted in the facility include concerts, trade shows, conventions, ice shows and various other sporting events, including professional wrestling, MMA, and the Treasure Valley Rollergirls roller derby squad. The Grove Hotel has 36,000 square feet (3,300 m2) of meeting and convention space in addition to the 22,247 square feet (2,066.8 m2) of arena floor space at the CenturyLink Arena.

CenturyLink Arena has hosted two NBA D-League Showcases in 2008 and 2010. Each Showcase had all NBA D-League teams play for 4 days, and showed their talent in front of National TV (NBA TV) and had scouts all around the country.

On August 18, 2011, as per CenturyLink's takeover of Qwest Communications, the venue was renamed CenturyLink Arena Boise.[9]

Concerts[edit]

Many artists and bands have performed at the Century Link Arena. Some of example of bands who have played there are Judas Priest, Godsmack, Shinedown, Skillet, Luke Bryan, and Rise Against.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boise Builds Hotel, Sports Arena". Hotel & Motel Management 211 (1): 30. January 22, 1996. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bank of America Centre". Keith Henrickson. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Boise Grove". Cary Kopczynski & Company. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Robert D. Tikker - Experience" (PDF). Tikker Engineering. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Grove Hotel and Bank of America Centre". PCL Construction. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Grove Hotel and Events Center". McAlvain Construction. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sharks Bow to Kings". Lodi News-Sentinel. September 25, 1997. Retrieved September 12, 2011. 

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