First National Bank Arena
|Location||217 Olympic Drive
Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401
|Owner||Arkansas State University|
|Operator||Arkansas State University|
10,743-11,704 concerts and events
|Opened||July 11, 1987|
|Construction cost||$19 million
($40.9 million in 2017 dollars)
|Architect||Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson|
|Arkansas State University Red Wolves (NCAA) (1987–present)|
First National Bank Arena has three separate public venues including a 217-seat Auditorium, a banquet/meeting room that can be divided into 3 smaller meeting rooms, and the main arena, which has permanent seating for 10,475. First National Bank Arena hosts hundreds of events each year in these three venues, and well over 100,000 people walk through its doors each year.
The first event was a concert by country music legend George Strait. Throughout the years, First National Bank Arena has been host to many superstars including Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Reba McEntire, in the 1980s to Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Eric Church in the last five years.
WWE has used First National Bank Arena for a Live Raw event. The Sun Belt Conference uses the versatile building to host the Indoor Track & Field Championships every other year. The building is home to Arkansas State University Men's & Women's Basketball as well as Women's Volleyball. Each team has an updated (2010) home locker room, an updated (2009) weight room, and an updated (2010) media room. There are four visitor locker rooms, as well as smaller, official locker rooms throughout the building.
In 2012, the original scoreboard and sound system (from 1987) were replaced with four 25' x 12' HD video boards and a 28 speaker sound system. Also in 2012, an entirely new roof was installed, as well as upgrades to the Administrative Offices and Box Office.
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