Nutter Center

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This article is about the stadium at Wright State University. For the football facility at the University of Kentucky, see E.J. Nutter Training Facility.
Wright State University Nutter Center
Nutter Center
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Former names Ervin J. Nutter Center (1990-2011)
Location 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Fairborn, Ohio 45435
Coordinates 39°46′55″N 84°3′9″W / 39.78194°N 84.05250°W / 39.78194; -84.05250
Owner Wright State University
Operator Wright State University
Capacity 10,400 (Basketball)
9,919 (Ice Hockey)
11,500 (End Stage)
Field size Ice surface: 200 x 85 ft (61 x 26 m)
Surface Hardwood/Ice
Broke ground 1988
Opened December 1, 1990
Construction cost US$34.5 million
($62.5 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Architect HOK Sport / KZF Design
Structural engineer KZF Design
Wright State Raiders (NCAA) (1990–present)
Dayton Wings (WBL) (1991-92)
Dayton Bombers (ECHL) (1996–2009)
Dayton Warbirds (NIFL) (2005)
Dayton Bulldogs (NIFL) (2006)

The Wright State University Nutter Center (originally Ervin J. Nutter Center and commonly Nutter Center) is a multi-purpose arena located at Wright State University, in the Dayton, Ohio suburb of Fairborn.[2] In addition to hosting the Wright State Raiders basketball team, the Nutter Center serves as a music venue for touring concerts and shows. High schools in the area also commonly use the arena to host graduation ceremonies.


A local businessman and inventor, Ervin J. Nutter, donated $1.5 million to Wright State University in 1986. Funds from both the state of Ohio and the university contributed an additional $8 million to construction efforts which began in 1988. Work was completed twenty months later and on December 1, 1990, the Nutter Center held its first official event.[3]




  • 1993 WWE's King of the Ring 1993 tournament.
  • WWE vs. ECW Head to Head special held in 2006.
  • Hosted its second WWE Raw, the night following WrestleMania 23 on April 2, 2007.
  • Taping of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on Tuesday May 12, 2009.
  • Live WWE Raw on Monday January 4, 2010, which featured the WWE return of Bret Hart, who served as a guest host. This episode of Raw went head-to-head against wrestling promotion TNA on TV for the very first time.
  • Taping of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on Tuesday December 7, 2010.
  • Live WWE Raw on Monday April 30, 2012.
  • Live WWE Raw on Monday November 19, 2012.
  • Live WWE Raw on Monday January 20, 2014. Which Saw The Return Of The Animal Batista.
  • Taping of "WWE SmackDown" on Tuesday February 10, 2015.
  • Taping of "WWE SmackDown" on Tuesday January 19, 2016.


  • Barack Obama's "Keeping America’s Promise" rally, on Monday, February 25, 2008.
  • “Road to the Convention Rally” on August 29, 2008, at which time Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, was announced as presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain's vice-presidential candidate, or running mate.
  • On May 17–18, 2013, the Nutter Center hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2013 Science Olympiad National Tournament.
  • The Nutter Center is frequently used as a competition venue for the Winter Guard International indoor percussion and color guard championships.

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  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "About Fairborn". City of Fairborn. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Wright State University's Ervin J. Nutter Center Historical Overview". Nutter Center. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 

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