Macon Coliseum

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Macon Coliseum
Macon Centreplex.JPG
Location 200 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Owner City of Macon
Operator Spectra by Comcast Spectacor
Capacity

Basketball: 9,252
Hockey and Arena football: 7,182

Concerts:
*End stage 180°: 7,418
*End stage 270°: 8,024
*End stage 360°: 8,438
*Theatre: 1,750 [1]
Opened 1968 (Renovated in 1996)
Tenants
Macon Whoopees (SHL) (1973–1974)
Macon Whoopee (CHL) (1996–2001)
Macon Whoopee (ECHL) (2001–2002)
Macon Knights (af2) (2001–2006)
Macon Trax (ACHL/WHA2/SPHL) (2002–2005)
Macon Blaze (WBA) (2005)
Macon Steel (AIF) (2012)
Macon Mayhem (SPHL) (2015–present)
Georgia Doom (AAL) (2018–)

The Macon Coliseum is a multi-purpose arena and in Macon, Georgia, United States. It was home to the Macon Whoopee (ECHL), Macon Whoopee (CHL) and Macon Trax ice hockey teams and also the Macon Knights arena football team until 2006. It is home to the Macon Mayhem, a minor-league hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Seating 7,182 for hockey and arena football and up to 9,252 for concerts.

History[edit]

Macon Coliseum was built in 1968 as the first facility of its size and kind in the state. Mayor Ronnie Thompson was among its most influential backers. Thompson, who served from 1967-1975, blocked an appearance at the facility by the boxer Muhammad Ali because the mayor objected to Ali's Conscientious Objector status during the Vietnam War.

The Coliseum quickly became Central Georgia's premier sports, entertainment and trade show venue, with concerts by well-known performers such as Elvis Presley. Presley performed at the coliseum on April 15, 1972, afternoon show and evening show, April 24, 1975, August 31, 1976, and June 1, 1977. Many others have performed here, including Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers Band, KISS, Van Halen, Jethro Tull, James Brown, War, Jackson 5, Jeffrey Osborne, Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Emotions, Bar Kays, Parliament/Funkadelic, The Temptations, OJays, Chicago, Leon Russell, Aerosmith, Rick James, Prince, The Time, Vanity 6, George Jones, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sarah McLachlan, Billy Joel, Katy Perry, Elton John and many others. R.E.M. filmed part of its first concert film Tourfilm here on November 11, 1989.

Professional wrestling often comes to the Coliseum. World Championship Wrestling was a frequent visitor of the Coliseum, holding multiple television tapings and non-televised house shows all throughout the 90s. An episode of WCW's supercard Clash of the Champions aired live from the Coliseum on TBS on November 18, 1992. The show featured Ricky Steamboat & Shane Douglas winning the unified WCW World Tag Team Championship and NWA World Tag Team Championship from Barry Windham & Dustin Rhodes. Windham turned heel on Rhodes after the match.

WCW Monday Nitro, WCW's flagship weekly live television show that aired on TNT, emanated from the Coliseum a few times:

-- November 20, 1995 (notable for holding the very first one-on-one match between Hulk Hogan and Sting)

-- May 27, 1996 (notable for being the first two-hour episode of the show and Scott Hall's debut in WCW, beginning the New World Order storyline)

-- December 23, 1996

-- June 23, 1997

-- December 22, 1997 (notable for being the first and only episode of "nWo Monday Nitro")

WWE also visits the Coliseum. On January 28, 1991, the company (then called the World Wrestling Federation or "WWF") held their 5th and final episode of The Main Event, which aired nationally on NBC on February 1, 1991. The show featured the announcement that Hulk Hogan would face WWF Champion Sgt. Slaughter at WrestleMania VII for the title. The WWF also taped matches and segments for their syndicated shows, which featured the debut of Paul Bearer as the manager of The Undertaker. Their flagship weekly live television show, Monday Night Raw, aired live from the Coliseum on February 20, 1995 and featured the return of Sycho Sid to the WWF for the first time in almost 3 years. The following two episodes on February 27, 1995 and March 6, 1995, also featured taped matches from the Coliseum. As of 2017, WWE still holds house shows in the Coliseum about twice a year.

Impact Wrestling (formerly known as Total Nonstop Action) also held a television taping for their weekly flagship show, Impact Wrestling, on October 27, 2011 at the Coliseum. The shows aired on Spike on November 3, 2011 and November 10, 2011.

The arena underwent major renovations in 1996 including the addition of the Edgar H. Wilson Convention Centre, which hosts conventions, trade shows and banquets. Three luxury suites were added in 2003 and the Coliseum's exterior redone, resulting in the addition of a giant "M" at the main entrance on the arena's facade.

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Preceded by
The Spectrum
Philadelphia
FIBA Intercontinental Cup
Final Venue

1969
Succeeded by
Palazzo dello Sport Lino Oldrini
Varese

Coordinates: 32°50′31″N 83°37′11″W / 32.84194°N 83.61972°W / 32.84194; -83.61972