Mayo Civic Center

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The Mayo Civic Center - named for William Worrall Mayo - is a multi-purpose event facility in Rochester, Minnesota.

It consists of Taylor Arena (7,200 seat) used for wrestling and basketball, The Auditorium (3,000 seat) used for performing arts and an Exhibit Hall.

The Center was started in 1938 and has been expanded and renovated several times over the years.

It was home to the Rochester Mustangs ice hockey team and various professional basketball franchises.

It is perhaps famous, but unknown, to music fans for being the shooting location for Bon Jovi's music video for 1986's "Wanted Dead or Alive".

Mayo Clinic[edit]

The Mayo Civic Center acts as the main place for meeting and events of the Mayo Clinic, as it plays host to company parties and medical lectures.

Events hosted[edit]

Mayo Civic Center Auditorium[edit]

The Mayo Civic Auditorium is used for performing arts as well as concert events. Shows like "The Chocolate Factory" and 1940's Big Band Swing Revue "In the Mood" and other arts events have taken place here, as well as Broadway shows such as Rent.

Professional wrestling events[edit]

The American Wrestling Association held a weekly television broadcast for both syndication, and cable on ESPN, from 1989-1990. Other promotions like World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling also held shows here prior to their demise. The Civic Center recently has hosted World Wrestling Entertainment house shows with the WWE Raw, Smackdown and ECW appearing. TNA has hosted events here as well.

Other events[edit]

The Civic Center generally holds local events and conventions. Notable events held the Civic Center are Disney Live, Elmo Live and other children's events. It annually hosts the NYWA Youth Wrestling State Championships which is one of the biggest tournaments in the United States.

The Harlem Globetrotters and artists, such as KISS, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Bob Dylan, Hinder, Celtic Woman & Disturbed, have performed at this arena. It hosted the NCAA Women's Division II Basketball Championship in 2001 and 2002. Celtic Woman performed on March 26, 2008 and April 26, 2011 and will return on June 11, 2017 on the Voices of Angels Tour

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Coordinates: 44°01′21″N 92°27′31″W / 44.02247°N 92.458599°W / 44.02247; -92.458599