Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum

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Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum
Riding Coliseum Michigan State Fair Detroit.jpg
Former namesHockeytown State Fair Coliseum
Capacity5,600
Michigan State Fair Riding Coliseum, Dairy Cattle Building, and Agricultural Building
Location1120 W State Fair Ave., Detroit, Michigan
 United States
Coordinates42°26′36″N 83°7′3″W / 42.44333°N 83.11750°W / 42.44333; -83.11750Coordinates: 42°26′36″N 83°7′3″W / 42.44333°N 83.11750°W / 42.44333; -83.11750
Built1922
ArchitectLynn W. Fry
Architectural styleOther
NRHP reference #80001925[1]
Added to NRHPJune 06, 1980
Surface200 by 85 feet (61 m × 26 m) (hockey)
Tenants
Wayne State Warriors (NCAA-CHA)
Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic Knights (MHSAA-CHSL) (2006-2009)

Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum (also Hockeytown State Fair Coliseum) is a 5,600-seat multi-purpose arena in Detroit, Michigan. The coliseum, built in 1922, is part of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds where the Michigan State Fair was held until 2009, which is the oldest state fair in the United States. The coliseum has also been the long-time venue of the Detroit appearance of the Shrine Circus.

Between 1999-2008, the Coliseum was home to the Wayne State University Warriors ice hockey team.[2] The arena was also host to the 2006 men's and women's College Hockey America conference tournament. Wayne State played its first collegiate hockey season in 1999 at the arena following the coliseum's renovation. Wayne State played its next three seasons at the Great Lakes Sports City Superior Arena in Fraser and then two seasons at the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth before returning to the Coliseum in 2005.

Between early 1999 and mid-2000, the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum was the site of three different Extreme Championship Wrestling house shows.

In 2006 the Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic High School Knights ice hockey team began playing at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The team left in 2007 and is returning for the start of the 2008-2009 season for their first varsity season.

The Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League, which had suspended operations in 2006, planned to resume in 2008 and play at the Coliseum; however, this never came to pass, and the UHL (rebranded as the International Hockey League) closed in 2010.

The exterior of the coliseum was used as the Flint Fairgrounds Coliseum in the 2008 movie Semi-Pro.

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Wodon, Adam. "Wayne State bids farewell". College Hockey News.

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