David S. Palmer Arena

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David S. Palmer Arena
Location 100 West Main Street
Danville, Illinois
Coordinates 40°07′27″N 87°37′56″W / 40.12403°N 87.63216°W / 40.12403; -87.63216Coordinates: 40°07′27″N 87°37′56″W / 40.12403°N 87.63216°W / 40.12403; -87.63216
Owner Danville Civic Center Authority
Capacity 4,750 (concerts), 2,350 (sports)
Broke ground August 17, 1978
Opened September 20, 1980 (1980-09-20)
Eastern Illinois Panthers Ice Hockey
Danville Dashers (CnHL) (1981–1986)
Danville Fighting Saints (AAHL) (1986–1989)
Danville Wings (NAHL/USHL) (1994–2004)
Danville Inferno (GLJHL) (2008–2010)
Danville Demolition (AIFA) (2007)
Danville Pounders (NEHL) (2006–2007)
Danville Dashers (FHL) (2011–present)
Danville RiverHawks (PBL) (2015–2016)

The David S. Palmer Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Danville, Illinois which has a seating capacity of 4,750 for concerts and 2,350 for sports. It was built in 1980. Palmer Arena is the home for the Eastern Illinois University Ice Hockey Club. Along with team sports, the David S. Palmer has open ice skating and hosts concerts from time to time and U.S Figure Skating Basic Skills Program.

It was home to the Danville Dashers hockey team from 1981 until 1986, the Danville Fighting Saints of the All-American Hockey League, the Danville Wings junior hockey team, the Danville Demolition indoor football team, the Danville Pounders of the North Eastern Hockey League, and the Danville Inferno (2008-2010). Starting in winter of 2011, it will be the home of the new Danville Dashers in the Federal Hockey League. From 2015-16, it was the home of the Danville RiverHawks of the Premier Basketball League.

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