Hammond Civic Center
Hammond Civic Center is a 4,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in Hammond, Indiana. The arena opened in 1938. It is well known for hosting various local concerts, and sporting events such WWE Wrestling, TNA Wrestling, MMA fighting and roller derby, for the area. In the 1950s, it played host to a number of neutral-court National Basketball Association games. It is the home arena for the Calumet College of St. Joseph's Crimson Wave basketball and volleyball teams, which play in the CCAC. The Civic Center first became known to professional sports fans as the home to the Hammond Rollers of the now defunct American Basketball Association.
American rock band KISS played at the Civic Center on Easter Sunday in April 1986, causing local church groups to protest the event. During the show, KISS blew out half of the windows on the outside west wall of the Civic Center. Their PA system on this tour was rated at 120 decibels. Before the show, Gene Simmons and Eric Carr of the band walked around the perimieter of the building, trying to hold polite conversations with the church groups. The concert went on as scheduled. Largely due to the church protest controversy, the KISS concert sold only 1,900 tickets.
The Civic Center today plays host to various orderly well-attended professional sporting events. On September 9, 2012, K.O. Sports Promotions hosted a boxing card for a capacity crowd at the Civic Center, with the main event featuring former USBO cruiserweight champion Carl Davis (boxer) in an eight-round heavyweight bout against former number one heavyweight contender Bert Cooper.
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