Grady Cole Center
|Former names||Park Center (1954–1987)|
|Location||Elizabeth, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Owner||City of Charlotte|
|Operator||Mecklenburg Parks & Rec|
|Charlotte Roller Girls (WFTDA) (2010–present)
Queens Royals (NCAA) (2012)
The 3,000 seat center is located near the city's center, and can host several types of events. It was built in 1954 to replace the Charlotte Armory Arena, which had been destroyed by fire. Originally the Park Center, it was renamed in 1987 in honor of WBT Radio morning personality, Grady Cole.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Grady Cole center served as the practice facility for the Charlotte Hornets.
The arena hosted UFC 3 in 1994. In addition, the arena hosted now popular jam band Phish on their spring tour. The show was held April 24th, 1994.
The center is located on the same complex as American Legion Memorial Stadium.
The Queens Royals will use the arena for athletic events in 2012 while construction work is done on their usual on-campus home.
|Events and tenants|
|Ultimate Fighting Championship venue
Expo Square Pavilion