Liacouras Center

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The Peter J. Liacouras Center
"The Apollo", "The Pete"
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Former names The Apollo of Temple (1997–2000)
Location 1776 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Public transit Cecil B. Moore:
Owner Temple University
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 10,206
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground January 25, 1996
Opened November 11, 1997
Construction cost $73 million
($109 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect Vitetta Group
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
General contractor LF Driscoll[2]
Tenants
Temple Owls (NCAA) (1997–present)
Philadelphia KiXX (MISL) (2009–2010)
Philly Roller Derby (WFTDA) (2005–present)

The Liacouras Center[3] is a 10,200-seat multi-purpose venue which opened in 1997. Its main purpose is hosting Temple Owls men's basketball home games, as well as select women's basketball games. The arena is located on Broad Street, less than two miles north of Philadelphia's City Hall, and is part of a $107 million, four-building complex along North Broad Street on the Temple University campus in North Philadelphia. As of the end of the 2016-17 season, the Owls have amassed a 206-69 record at the Liacouras Center. The Liacouras Center is the largest indoor, public assembly venue north of City Hall in Philadelphia.

History[edit]

During the 1980s, Hall of Fame Temple basketball coach John Chaney hoped to raise the profile of the men's basketball program through aggressively scheduling top-tier teams out of conference. Some programs, however, scoffed at the idea of playing at Temple's existing arena: the 3,900-seat McGonigle Hall. Temple's President at the time, Peter J. Liacouras, supported the idea of a larger basketball facility in hopes of building Temple's national presence. The university considered several locations for the area before purchasing the site where the Liacouras Center now stands for $7.3 million in 1988.[4] The state of Pennsylvania awarded Temple $31.1 million in October 1992, after which there was some back-and-forth bickering between Chaney and then-City Council president John Street. The project was approved in 1995, with a January 25, 1996 groundbreaking.[5] Two nationally recognized architectural firms designed the Liacouras Center: Vitetta Group[6] of Philadelphia, and Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates of Atlanta. The 340,000 sq ft (32,000 m2) venue opened in the 1997-98 season.[7] The first game played was a 76-61 Temple win over #18 Fresno State.

The venue was originally named "The Apollo of Temple" before being dedicated to Liacouras, who was on his way out due to retirement, on February 13, 2000.[8] The Liacouras Center is Philadelphia's largest indoor venue north of City Hall. The venue is only one part of a four-building complex on the site: In addition to the large arena configuration, The Esther Boyer Theater at the Liacouras Center is a small theater setup of 1,000 to 5,000 seats for more intimate presentations. The complex also includes the Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center (IBC), which includes a gym, basketball court, racquetball courts, and more. The IBC opened in the spring semester of 1998.[9] The last building is a 1,200-space parking garage.

Besides hosting Temple basketball games, the Liacouras Center is a full entertainment arena featuring concerts, family shows, Philadelphia KiXX games, Philly Roller Derby bouts, a full range of concerts, dramatic presentations, and family shows. Additionally, several high school graduations, as well as university graduations and convocation ceremonies, are held there. The Liacouras Center is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor.

Past events[edit]

December, 2012
February, 2010

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Northstar Fire Protection - Stadiums and Arenas". Nsfire.com. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Sports and Cultural Events in Downtown Philadelphia". The Liacouras Center. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Arena turns 10 years old - The Temple News". The Temple News. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  5. ^ "The arena which brought students - The Temple News". The Temple News. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  6. ^ "Architecture Engineering Planning Interior Design". Vitetta. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Sparse Temple crowds nothing to cheer about". Philly.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  8. ^ "Arena Info | The Liacouras Center | The Liacouras Center". www.liacourascenter.com. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Independence Blue Cross Student Rec Center (IBC) | Campus Recreation". campusrecreation.temple.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to tysonamericancup.com!". Archived from the original on 2009-02-15. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Ocean Center
Host of Bound for Glory
2011
Succeeded by
Grand Canyon University Arena
Preceded by
Tsongas Arena
Host of Lockdown
2009
Succeeded by
Family Arena

Coordinates: 39°58′47″N 75°9′31″W / 39.97972°N 75.15861°W / 39.97972; -75.15861