Verizon Wireless Center
|Former names||Mankato Civic Center, Midwest Wireless Civic Center, Alltel Center|
|Location||1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
|Owner||City of Mankato|
|Operator||City of Mankato|
|Capacity||5,280 (ice hockey)
|Surface||200' x 90' (hockey)|
|Opened||February 3, 1995|
|Minnesota State University Mavericks (Ice Hockey)
Minnesota Havok (IFL) (2016-)
Minnesota Purple Rage (IFL) (2000)
It is home to the Minnesota State Mavericks men's ice hockey team and hosts musical performances, conventions and other events. Beginning in 2016, it will be home to the Minnesota Havok of the Indoor Football League.
Prior to the building of the arena, Minnesota State Mankato played their home games at All Seasons Arena, built in 1974, which is now their main practice facility.
In 1998, locally headquartered phone company Midwest Wireless purchased naming rights to the Civic Center. With Alltel's acquisition of Midwest Wireless, the facility's name was officially changed in July 2007. Alltel paid $110,000 per year for naming rights. The name changed in 2009 after Alltel was purchased by Verizon Wireless.
Primarily, the Center hosts hockey games, concerts and conventions.
- Alltel Press Release. Alltel. July 10, 2007. Accessed July 10, 2007.[dead link]
- Linehan, Dan (2007-06-25). "Civic center to be Alltel Center". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- "Alltel Center to get name change". Mankato Free Press. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2011-08-04.
- Verizon Wireless Center - official site
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