Landers Center

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Landers Center
Lander's Center Logo.png
Former names DeSoto Civic Center (2000–2011)
Address 4560 Venture Drive
Location Southaven, Mississippi
Owner DeSoto County[1]
Operator DeSoto County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Capacity 10,045 (concerts)
8,400 (ice hockey)
8,362 (basketball)
Construction
Broke ground April 24, 1998[1]
Opened September 16, 2000
Construction cost $35 million[1]
($48.7 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects[1]
General contractor Carothers Construction Inc.[1]
Tenants
Mississippi RiverKings (SPHL) (2000–present)
Memphis Houn'Dawgs (ABA) (2000–2001)
Memphis Xplorers (af2) (2001–2006)
Mid-South (NBA G-League) (2017–present)

The Landers Center is an 8,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Southaven, Mississippi. It was built in 2000. It is home to the Mississippi RiverKings, a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Several now-defunct teams have called the Landers Center home. These teams include the Memphis Xplorers of the AF2 and the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the American Basketball Association.

It also is used as a concert venue, boxing arena, and for ice shows and circuses. Since 2009, the Mid-South Fair has been held at the Landers Center. Formerly, the fair was held in midtown Memphis at the Fairgrounds.

The center houses a 17,000 square foot convention center, which can be broken down into 10 separate meeting rooms.[3]

NBA Development League[edit]

Beginning with the 2017–2018 National Basketball Association season, the Memphis Grizzlies will operate their team of the NBA Development League in the arena. The announcement came after the Grizzlies decided to end their agreement with the Iowa Energy, another D-League team. This will be the second time a basketball team has played a season at the Landers Center. Further details about the team are expected soon.[4]

Name change[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Memphis-based Landers Auto Group purchased the naming rights. The name was changed to the Landers Center.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Laurie (April 23, 1998). "DeSoto Civic Center Groundbreaking Set for Friday". The Daily News (Memphis). Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Landers Center: Convention Hall". landerscenter.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Grizzlies to Own, Operate D-League Team in Southaven". 
  5. ^ Van Tuyl, Chris (December 28, 2011). "Memphis-Based Landers Auto Group Buys Naming Rights to DeSoto Civic Center". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

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Coordinates: 34°55′38″N 89°59′49″W / 34.927124°N 89.9969°W / 34.927124; -89.9969