Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center

Coordinates: 33°45′50″N 118°11′18″W / 33.76389°N 118.18833°W / 33.76389; -118.18833
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Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
LocationLong Beach, California
Coordinates33°45′50″N 118°11′18″W / 33.76389°N 118.18833°W / 33.76389; -118.18833
OperatorASM Global
Renovated1994, 2013
Former names
Long Beach Convention Center (1978-90)
Long Beach Civic Arena
Banquet/ballroom9,700 (Top of the Lot)
2,272 (Grand Ballroom)
1,466 (Promenade Ballroom)
700 (Seaside Ballroom)
Theatre seating
14,500 (Long Beach Arena)
4,890 (Pacific Room)
3,052 (Terrace Theater)
825 (Center Theater)
Enclosed space
 • Total space572,387 square feet (53,176.5 m2)
 • Exhibit hall floor224,000 square feet (20,800 m2)
 • Breakout/meeting38,757 square feet (3,600.6 m2)
 • Ballroom178,117 square feet (16,547.6 m2)
Public transit access 1st Street A Line 

The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is a convention center located in Long Beach, California. Built on the former site of the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, the venue is composed of the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Arena, and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. It is served by the 1st Street station of Los Angeles Metro Rail.


The first Long Beach Municipal Auditorium was completed in 1905.[1] The second Municipal Auditorium was completed in 1932. It extended 500 feet into the water at the center of the Rainbow Pier. It was demolished in 1975.[2]


Long Beach Convention Center

  • Exhibit Hall A/B/C - Meeting Rooms include 101–104, 201-204 and Seaside Rooms
  • Promenade Ballroom (part of the 100 series meeting rooms) - 13,200 square feet
  • Top of the Lot – an open air parking structure, composed at the upper deck of the Terrace Parking Lot
  • Grand Ballroom – 20,456 square feet
  • Terrace Plaza
  • The Cove

Long Beach Arena

  • Long Beach Arena – opened in 1962, connected to the original Long Beach Municipal Auditorium. The auditorium was demolished in 1975 to make way for the convention center.
  • Pacific Ballroom – an event space within the Long Beach Arena. A flying steel truss system converts the arena floor into an intimate space for receptions and concerts. For concerts, the venue can seat 2,990–4,890. It was originally known as the "Pacific Ballroom".

Long Beach Performing Arts Center

Long Beach Convention Center[edit]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in California, the convention center was used as a mass vaccination site.[3] Later in the pandemic, the convention center was used as an emergency shelter for migrant children.[4]

Long Beach Arena[edit]

The Wyland Whaling Wall 33, "Planet Ocean", on the exterior of the arena

Long Beach Arena was the first building to be completed in the complex. Capacities are as follows: 12,500 for hockey, 14,000 for basketball and 10,500 - 14,500 for concerts, depending on the seating arrangement.

The arena has hosted various entertainment and professional and college sporting events, most notably the volleyball events of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.[5]

For trade shows, the arena features 46,000 square feet (4300 m2) of space, with an additional 19,000 square feet (1800 m2) of space in the lobby and 29,000 square feet (2700 m2) in the concourse. Hanging from the arena's 77 foot (23 m) high ceiling is a center-hung scoreboard with four White Way "Mega Color" Animation Screens. There is an 11 by 15 foot SACO Smartvision LED Wall located on the south end of the arena.

Shortly after its opening in 1962, in October, the arena became the home court for the Long Beach Chiefs (who had moved from Honolulu, where known as the Hawaii Chiefs) of the short-lived American Basketball League, though the ABL would fold on December 31 of that year. The arena was also the site of the first NHL game involving a 1967 expansion team, as the Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers, both expansion teams, played on October 14, 1967, the Kings won 4–2. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of their expansion season while The Forum was being completed.

Long Beach Arena

In the 1970s, the arena hosted several games of the Los Angeles Sharks, of the WHA and regular appearances of the Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller derby team. The Grateful Dead played the arena on December 15, 1972; the first of 13 concerts there through 1988.

Elvis Presley performed two shows here on November 14 and 15, 1972. He returned for two more shows on April 25, 1976 (afternoon and evening).

In 1980–81, the arena was also home to the California Surf of the North American Soccer League for one season of indoor soccer.[6]

The arena was home to the former Long Beach Ice Dogs team, which played professional ice hockey in the IHL, WCHL and ECHL. The Ice Dogs ceased operations of the team in 2007.

Interior of the arena

The Eagles performed during a benefit concert for California Senator Alan Cranston on July 31, 1980, on what has been described as "Long Night at Wrong Beach".[7] Tempers boiled over as Glenn Frey and Don Felder spent the entire show telling each other about the beating each planned to administer backstage. "Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal," Frey recalls Felder telling him near the end of the band's set.[8] Felder recalls Frey making a similar threat to him during "Best of My Love".[7] "We're out there singing ‘Best of My Love', but inside both of us are thinking, 'As soon as this is over, I'm gonna kill him,' " recalled Frey.[9] The animosity purportedly developed as a result of Felder's response of "You're welcome – I guess" to Senator Cranston as he was thanking the band for doing the benefit for his reelection. A live recording of their song "Life in the Fast Lane" from this show was included on their live album, entitled Eagles Live. This marked their final live performance, as The Eagles, for 14 years, until April 25, 1994.

Iron Maiden performed four consecutive shows during their World Slavery Tour on March 14–17, 1985. The show on the 15th was recorded and released as a double live-album, entitled Live After Death.

The arena was also one of the sites of the 1986 and 1990 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Rounds of 64 and 32. The teams that played at the arena in 1986 included Maryland, Pepperdine & UNLV. Maryland's Len Bias played his final collegiate game at the arena on March 16, 1986, in a loss to UNLV in the Round of 32. In 1990, the Loyola Marymount Lions, an 11 seed, defeated New Mexico State and then trounced the 3 seed and defending champion Michigan Wolverines by 34 points on their way to an Elite 8 appearance, just days after the on-court death of their star player Hank Gathers in the West Coast Conference tournament. Teammate Bo Kimble (a right-handed player) famously shot his first free throw in each game left-handed as a tribute to Gathers. The arena was also the site of the Big West Conference men's basketball tournament from 1989 to 1993. It was the home court for Long Beach State's men's basketball team for several seasons in the 1970s and 1980s.

Run–D.M.C. performed during their Raising Hell Tour on August 17, 1986, with Whodini, LL Cool J, The Beastie Boys and The Timex Social Club as their opening acts. The show made news worldwide when gang fights broke out between the Long Beach-based Insane Crips and the Los Angeles-based Rollin 60's Crips within the audience, with 42 reported injuries during the incident.[citation needed]

Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Dio performed at Long Beach Arena on August 25, 2003.

From 2009 to 2016, the FIRST Robotics Competition Los Angeles Regional was held at the Long Beach Arena.[10]

On July 1 and 2, 2017, the arena hosted New Japan Pro-Wrestling's G1 Special in USA shows, which marked the company's first independently promoted shows in the United States.[11]

In October 2018, PFL 9, a mixed martial arts event was held at the arena.[12]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in California, the Arena was converted into a medical facility but was never utilized.[13]

The Fox game show Game of Talents is filmed at the arena.

The arena will also host handball during the 2028 Summer Olympics.[14] Projects totaling $50 million are planned for the Convention Center.[15]

Wyland murals[edit]

Wyland's signature on Long Beach Arena.

Along the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is "Planet Ocean", one of environmental artist Wyland's Whaling Walls, which was dedicated on July 9, 1992, and covers 116,000 square feet (11,000 m2). The mural depicts migratory gray whales and other aquatic life that can be found in the waters off Long Beach.

In celebration of Earth Day in 2009, Wyland touched up the existing Whaling Wall and added a large mural of the earth on the roof of the arena.[16]

Meeting rooms[edit]

There are two ballrooms: the 20,456 square foot (1900 m2) Grand Ballroom (seating up to 2,100) and the 13,200 square foot (1300 m2) Promenade Ballroom (seating up to 1,400) plus 34 meeting rooms totaling 82,823 square feet (7695 m2).

The convention center and theatre part served as host of the fencing competitions during the 1984 Summer Olympics.[5]

The convention center will again serve as an Olympic venue if sports climbing is an Olympic event at the 2028 Summer Olympics.[14]


The Long Beach Arena has been used to record part or all of several live concert albums and videos, including:

Singer Bruce Dickinson orders the crowd several times throughout the show, "Scream for me, Long Beach!"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, Long Beach, California".
  2. ^ "Scotty Moore - Municipal Auditorium - Long Beach, CA". www.scottymoore.net.
  3. ^ "Long Beach to use convention center as coronavirus vaccination site". ABC7 Los Angeles. 14 January 2021.
  4. ^ "U.S. will close 4 emergency shelters for migrant children, including Long Beach". Los Angeles Times. 2021-06-30. Retrieved 2021-06-30.
  5. ^ a b 1984 Summer Olympics official report. Archived 2010-11-02 at the Wayback Machine Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 123-8.
  6. ^ "The Vancouver Sun - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ a b "How The Eagles took it to the limits". The Times. London. October 12, 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-20.
  8. ^ "Eagles reform: checking back into the Hotel California". The Independent. February 3, 2007. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  9. ^ "History of the Eagles, part 1". IMDb. Showtime Network. Premiered January 19, 2013 (Sundance Film Festival)
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Regional - March 14th-17th, 2018". www.firstlaregional.com. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  11. ^ Johnson, Mike (January 4, 2017). "New Japan to debut in United States this July". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  12. ^ "Fight Card - PFL 9". PFL.
  13. ^ "Long Beach Arena to be Used As Makeshift Hospital, Queen Mary Could be Next". NBC Los Angeles.
  14. ^ a b http://la24-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/pdf/LA2024-canditature-part2_english.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  15. ^ Diaz, Samantha (10 August 2023). "Long Beach to spend at least $740 million to prepare for 2028 Olympics". Signal Tribune.
  16. ^ Canalis, John (April 21, 2009). "Artist Wyland gives Long Beach the world". Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  17. ^ Rhodes, Joe "Who's that Girl? Julie Brown, MTV's redhead, gets to really express herself in Madonna parody" Los Angeles Times, December 1, 1991

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Los Angeles Kings

Succeeded by