City Bank Coliseum
|Former names||Lubbock Municipal Coliseum|
|Location||2720 Drive of Champions
Lubbock, Texas 79409
|Owner||City of Lubbock|
|Operator||City of Lubbock|
|Texas Tech Red Raiders (NCAA) (1956–1999)
Texas Chaparrals (ABA) (1970–1971)
Texas Tech Lady Raiders (NCAA) (1976–1999)
Lubbock Cotton Kings (WPHL/CHL) (1999–2007)
Lubbock Gunslingers (NIFL) (2004–2005)
Lubbock Renegades (af2) (2007–2008)
City Bank Coliseum (originally Lubbock Municipal Coliseum) is a 8,344-seat multi-purpose arena in Lubbock, Texas. Although the arena is located on the campus of Texas Tech University, it is owned and operated by the City of Lubbock. The future of this facility is currently in question.
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The Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team began playing at the Coliseum during the 1956–57 season. The Texas Tech Lady Raiders basketball team began playing select games during the 1976–77 and 1977–78 seasons. The Lady Raiders began playing only at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum beginning with the 1978–79 season. After the venue now known as United Supermarkets Arena opened in 1999, both teams relocated to the university owned and operated arena. The Coliseum also hosted the Midwest Regional semi-final and final games of the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament won by the Texas Western Miners (now UTEP) who went on to upset the Kentucky Wildcats in the national championship game in College Park, Maryland.
The arena was the home to the Lubbock Cotton Kings of the Central Hockey League; however, after being unable to come to an agreement with the city of Lubbock for the use of the arena, the team suspended operations prior to the 2007-2008 season.
During the 1971-72 American Basketball Association season, the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum served as a sometimes home court for the then-named Texas Chaparrals, a one-year experiment by the Dallas Chaparrals to expand their appeal to a statewide audience. The Chaparrals eventually became the San Antonio Spurs of the American Basketball Association and later of the NBA.
City Bank Coliseum was the Lubbock home of WWE since the 1980s. World Championship Wrestling also visited the Coliseum for most of the 1990s until United Supermarkets Arena (originally United Spirit Arena) opened.
The Lubbock Municipal Coliseum was a popular stop for touring artists. In the 80's, tickets at the time were between $12 and $13. Major concert tours have since moved to United Supermarkets Arena.
City Bank Auditorium
Adjacent to the coliseum is the dilapidated 2,803-seat City Bank Auditorium. Due to its poor condition it is rarely used for stage shows, concerts or other special events. Most of these events have since moved to the remodeled Lubbock Civic Center Theater or bypassed Lubbock altogether. Future events will be held at the new state-of-the-art Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts and Sciences which is pending construction in downtown.