Selland Arena

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Selland Arena
2009-0725-CA-Fresno-SellandArena.jpg
Location700 M Street
Fresno, California
Coordinates36°43′59″N 119°46′58″W / 36.733093°N 119.78271°W / 36.733093; -119.78271Coordinates: 36°43′59″N 119°46′58″W / 36.733093°N 119.78271°W / 36.733093; -119.78271
OwnerCity of Fresno
OperatorSMG
CapacityConcerts: 11,300
Basketball: 10,220
Ice Hockey: 7,600
Field size220 by 100 ft (67 by 30 m)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke ground1965
OpenedOctober 11, 1966[3]
RenovatedNovember 2006
Expanded1984
Construction cost$10 million
($75.4 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectRobert W. Stevens & Associates[2]
Tenants
Fresno State Bulldogs (NCAA) (1967–2003)
Fresno Flames (WBL) (1988)
Fresno Falcons (WCHL/ECHL) (1995–2003, 2008)
Fresno Frenzy (af2) (2002)
Central Valley Coyotes (af2) (2004–2009)
Fresno Monsters (WSHL/NAHL) (2010–2013, 2018–present)
Interior view of Selland Arena during the 2009 California Interscholastic Federation Central Section basketball tournament. Photo features the new scoreboard and new seats installed during renovation.

Selland Arena is a multi-purpose arena built in 1966 that makes up part of a four-venue complex of the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center in Fresno, California. It is named after former Fresno mayor Arthur L. Selland and has had over 10 million people walk through its doors in its over 40-year history.[4] The arena originally had a 6,582 seating capacity, but a US$10 million expansion project in 1981 increased the seating to its current capacity of 10,132.[4] Before the 1997-1998 Fresno State basketball season, capacity was increased to 10,220.[5] The Selland Arena underwent an additional $15 million renovation in November 2006, that included the installation of new seats, a new video replay scoreboard, message boards and a new ice-cooling system for hockey games.[6]

Currently, the arena is operated by SMG under contract from the City of Fresno.

Tenants[edit]

The arena is home to the Fresno Monsters Tier II Jr. A & Tier III Jr. A ice hockey teams of the North American Hockey League and Western States Hockey League. On January 27, 2010, the Fresno Monsters hockey team agreed to a contract extension, to play at the arena, through the 2012–13 hockey season. The arena hosted 32 home games, combined with the North American Hockey League and Western States Hockey League teams, during the 2012–13 hockey season. After the 2012–13 season, the NAHL Monsters' franchise was relocated to Wenatchee, Washington to take the place of the original Wenatchee Wild and the Tier III WSHL Monsters returned to playing full-time at the lower capacity Gateway Ice Center. The WSHL Monsters returned to Selland in 2018 for 21 of their 23 home games in the 2018–19 season.[7]

Notable events[edit]

Selland Arena has hosted concerts, conventions, ice shows, youth sports, professional sports, motocross, rodeo, religious events, graduations, and community events.

Notable events that have taken place at the arena include: the tour opening July 19, 1974 Grateful Dead show, WWF Royal Rumble 1996, Fully Loaded 1998, concerts by many major rock and popular music groups and talents, including Deep Purple, Yes, Elvis Presley, Elton John, Metallica, Aerosmith, Tina Turner, ABBA, and Garth Brooks.

Van Halen performed, on two consecutive nights, during their For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge Tour on May 14–15, 1992, which were recorded and later released as a live album, entitled Live: Right Here, Right Now.

It also has hosted the California Interscholastic Federation Central Section Basketball Finals since 2004.

California Future Farmers of America Association hosted its annual State Conference. The last conference was hosted in April 2017. The leadership conference was moved to Anaheim Convention Center for the years 2018 and 2019, and to Sacramento for the years 2020 and 2021, as Selland Arena was too small for it to keep hosting the annual conference.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Mid-Century Modernism Historic Content" (PDF). City of Fresno. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 14, 2013. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  3. ^ Passan, Jeff (March 1, 2003). "A farewell to The Old 'Dog House". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "History of Fresno Convention Center". Fresno Convention Center. 2010. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  5. ^ "Selland Arena". Fresno State Athletics. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Selland Arena". Fresno Convention Center. 2010. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2010.
  7. ^ The Monsters Return to Downtown Fresno, Fresno Monsters, July 24, 2018

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