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2300 Arena
"The World's Most Famous Bingo Hall"
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The venue's original entrance at the corner of South Swanson Street and West Ritner Street in 2010.
Former names Viking Hall (1986–1993)
ECW Arena (1993–2001)
XPW Arena (2002–2003)
Alhambra Arena (2004–2009)
The Arena (2009–2010)
Asylum Arena (2010-2012)
Location 2300 South Swanson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148
Coordinates 39°55′3.51″N 75°8′50.01″W / 39.9176417°N 75.1472250°W / 39.9176417; -75.1472250Coordinates: 39°55′3.51″N 75°8′50.01″W / 39.9176417°N 75.1472250°W / 39.9176417; -75.1472250
Owner Stein & Silverman Family Partnership, Inc.
Operator Roger Artigiani
Capacity 1,300[1]
Field size 58,408 square feet (5,426.3 m2)[2]
Construction
Opened May 14, 1993
Renovated 2004-2005, 2013-2014
Tenants
South Philadelphia Viking Club (1986–1993)
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)
Xtreme Pro Wrestling (2002–2003)
Arena Operating, LLC (2012–2013)
Website
2300Arena.com

2300 Arena, formerly known as Viking Hall, XPW Arena, Alhambra Arena, The Arena, Asylum Arena and best known as the ECW Arena, is a multipurpose indoor arena used primarily for professional wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, and concert events. Located in South Philadelphia under an elevated stretch of Interstate 95, it is named after its address at 2300 South Swanson Street. Prior to its status as an entertainment venue, the building served as a freight warehouse.

History[edit]

Freight warehouse (1970s–1986)[edit]

The facility was originally a freight warehouse in the 1970s.[3] Rail tracks next to the building allowed trains to drop off freight for storage and then continue on to their destinations.[4] The tracks were eventually paved over to become an extension of West Ritner Street, allowing West Ritner Street to intersect with South Swanson Street.[4]

Viking Hall (1986–1993)[edit]

Elias Stein and Leon Silverman of the law firm Stein & Silverman Family Partnership, Inc. purchased the warehouse in 1986.[5] The facility was given the name Viking Hall when the South Philadelphia Viking Club, a local chapter of mummers, began utilizing it.[6] They used the building for storage and to rehearse for the annual Mummers Parade.[7] The Viking Club would also stage midnight bingo games at the venue to raise funds for their organization.[7]

ECW Arena (1993–2001)[edit]

The building gained worldwide recognition when it served as ECW Arena, home of professional wrestling promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) from May 1993 until the promotion's closure in April 2001.[8]

An NWA World Title Tournament at the venue in August 1994 ended with Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and declaring himself ECW World Heavyweight Champion, effectively launching ECW as a national promotion.[9]

ECW broadcast Barely Legal, their first live pay-per-view event from the venue in April 1997.[10] The event was headlined by Terry Funk defeating Raven to become ECW World Heavyweight Champion.[11] Immediately following the broadcast, the building lost power.[12] Paul Heyman commented in April 1998 as to whether ECW would run another pay-per-view event from the venue:

ECW never ran another pay-per-view from the venue. The promotion gradually moved its shows away from Philadelphia, running only 6 events at the venue in 2000.[14]

The final ECW show at the venue was Holiday Hell in December 2000, headlined by Steve Corino retaining his ECW World Heavyweight Championship against Justin Credible and The Sandman.[15]

XPW Arena (2002–2003)[edit]

Following the demise of Extreme Championship Wrestling in April 2001, other Philadelphia-based professional wrestling promotions such as Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling (3PW) began running shows at the venue.[16] Ring of Honor (ROH) opted to run their shows at Murphy Recreation Center, citing the need to establish their own legacy separate from ECW.[17]

Controversy arose when Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW) signed an exclusive lease with the venue in December 2002 and renamed the building XPW Arena, preventing other promotions from utilizing it.[18] Forced to relocate, CZW moved their shows to New CZW Arena in Southwest Philadelphia, while 3PW moved their shows to Electric Factory.[19]

In January 2003, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission banned barbed wire and light tubes from professional wrestling matches in response to violent XPW and CZW events at the venue.[20]

The building's ownership evicted XPW from the venue in February 2003 after the promotion failed to make lease payments.[21] CZW resumed running shows at the venue in March 2003, with 3PW returning in November 2003.[16]

Alhambra Arena (2004–2009)[edit]

The building's name was officially changed to New Alhambra Sports & Entertainment Center in 2004, and was later shortened to New Alhambra Arena in 2006 and Alhambra Arena in 2008. The name was suggested by J. Russell Peltz, who began co-promoting professional boxing cards at the venue with Joe Hand Promotions in May 2004. It paid homage to the original Alhambra Movie Theater in South Philadelphia that hosted boxing in the 1950s and 1960s.[22]

In June 2005, an unofficial ECW reunion show called Hardcore Homecoming: An Extreme Reunion drew a sell-out crowd and set a record gate for the venue with $135,000 in ticket sales.[23] The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission lifted their January 2003 ban on barbed wire for the main event between Sabu, Shane Douglas and Terry Funk.[24]

Ring of Honor (ROH) debuted at the venue in March 2006 with Arena Warfare, a show featuring inter-promotional matches between the stars of ROH and Combat Zone Wrestling.[25] The event was headlined by Samoa Joe defeating Colt Cabana and Christopher Daniels.[26]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) debuted at the venue in June 2006 with Hardcore War, a joint show with United Wrestling Federation (UWF).[27] The event was headlined by America's Most Wanted, the NWA World Tag Team Champions, facing Team 3D and The James Gang in a non-title match.[28]

Sabu wrestling C.W. Anderson during an ECW house show at the venue in June 2006.

The ECW brand of WWE ran a house show at the venue in June 2006, with tickets for the event selling out in under four minutes.[3] Rob Van Dam successfully defended his WWE Championship in the main event against Kurt Angle.[29]

New Jack was banned from the venue following an incident during a Pro Wrestling Xplosion show in September 2006 .[30] He famously ordered Sprite at the venue's concession stand and was instead given 7 Up, prompting him to verbally harass the stand attendant, the daughter of Roger Artigiani.[31]

Scenes from The Wrestler were shot at the venue during the Combat Zone Wrestling show 9 F'N Years in February 2008, with professional wrestler Necro Butcher having a prominent on-screen role in the film.[32]

The band New York Dolls headlined a concert at the venue on Valentine's Day in February 2008.[33]

The Arena (2009–2010)[edit]

J. Russell Peltz and Joe Hand Promotions announced in January 2009 that after a five-year partnership, they would stop promoting boxing cards at the venue and move their shows to The Blue Horizon.[34] The venue was then renamed to The Arena by general manager Roger Artigiani.[35]

In February 2009, the venue began hosting regular television tapings for the Ring of Honor series Ring of Honor Wrestling.[36] The first taping drew a sell-out crowd and was headlined by Bryan Danielson defeating Austin Aries.[37]

Dragon Gate USA filmed their first pay-per-view event, Enter The Dragon before a sell-out crowd at the venue in July 2009.[38] The card was headlined by Open the Dream Gate Champion Naruki Doi defeating Shingo Takagi in a non-title match.[39]

In September 2009, independent wrestler Matt Riot died following a Combat Zone Wrestling training session at the venue where he collapsed from a brain hemmorage.[40]

Matrix Fights drew a sell-out crowd at the venue for their first mixed martial arts event in February 2010, featuring Cole Konrad on the undercard.[41]

J. Russell Peltz and Joe Hand Promotions returned to promoting boxing cards at the venue after The Blue Horizon closed in June 2010.[42]

Asylum Arena (2010–2012)[edit]

Roger Artigiani announced in October 2010 that mixed martial arts group Asylum Fight League had purchased the naming rights to the venue and renamed it Asylum Arena.[43]

New Japan Pro Wrestling concluded Invasion Tour 2011, their first ever tour of the United States, with an event at the venue in May 2011.[44] The card was headlined by Togi Makabe defeating Rhino, and the undercard featured MVP defeating Toru Yano to become the inaugural IWGP Intercontinental Champion.[45]

Chikara broadcast High Noon, their first live internet pay-per-view event from the venue in November 2011.[46] Eddie Kingston defeated Mike Quackenbush in the main event to become the inaugural Chikara Grand Champion.[47]

Arena Operating, LLC (2012–2013)[edit]

Arena Operating, LLC (headed by Joanna Pang of the Trocadero Theatre) signed an exclusive lease with the venue in February 2012 with plans to renovate and convert it to a concert hall.[48]

Prior to the renovations beginning, Evolve presented on live internet pay-per-view what was billed as the venue's final professional wrestling event, A Tribute to the Arena, on January 14, 2012.[49] New Jack appeared at this event, ending his September 2006 ban from the venue.[50] The final event prior to the venue closing was a Peltz Boxing Promotions card on January 21, 2012 that aired live on NBC Sports Network as the debut episode of Fight Night.[51][52]

The building's ownership evicted Arena Operating, LLC in April 2013 after Joanna Pang failed to complete her proposed renovations.[53]

2300 Arena (2013-present)[edit]

The venue hosted the premiere screening of the unofficial ECW documentary Barbed Wire City in April 2013.[54]

Extreme Rising promoted the first professional wrestling card at the newly renamed 2300 Arena in December 2013.[55][56] The venue's name derived from its newly constructed entranceway at 2300 South Swanson Street, replacing the old entrance at 7 West Ritner Street.

Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling jointly presented War of the Worlds '15 at the venue over two consecutive nights in May 2015.[57][58] Following the success of those sold-out shows, Ring of Honor announced it would stage Final Battle 2015 at the venue over two consecutive nights in December 2015.[59]

Promotional history[edit]

Concerts[edit]

These musicians have held concerts at 2300 Arena.

Date Headliner Opening act(s) Event
August 26, 2006 Peelander-Z Caveman, The Young Werewolves, Trashlight Vision Penn Jersey She Devils Rock N' Roller Derby[60]
September 15, 2007 Shovelhook Survival Rate Zero Pro Wrestling Unplugged 3rd Anniversary[61]
October 7, 2007 Assemblage 23 My Parasites [62]
February 14, 2008 New York Dolls We Are the Fury [63]
May 31, 2008 Sapremia Absolute Hatred, Mistress Juliya, Repvblika, S.O.M. Festival, The Metal Twins [64]
July 5, 2008 Sapremia The Summoned, Written in Remains [65]
October 4, 2008 Sapremia Bitchslicer, Invasive Command, Rellik [66]
October 14, 2008 Imperative Reaction Aesthetic Perfection, Minus All, SITD [67]
July 4, 2009 Deicide Bloodsoaked, Cursed From Birth, Dreaming Dead, Fuck the Facts, Jungle Rot, Monstrosity, Pessimist, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Sedna, Strong Intention, Torn the Fuck Apart, Vital Remains Hostile City Death Fest - Day 1[68]
July 5, 2009 Absu Anal Cunt, Comparative Anatomy, Echoes of Dead Gods, Fuckface, Goreaphobia, Insatanity, Kult ov Azazel, Master, Mortal Decay, Polterchrist, Submerged in Dirt, Total Fucking Destruction, XXX Manic Hostile City Death Fest - Day 2[68]
April 16, 2011 Stan Bush None Chikara Fan Conclave[69]
April 25, 2015 TKA K7 [70]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

These mixed martial arts promotions have held events at 2300 Arena.

Promotion Promoter First event Last event Total events Status
Asylum Fight League Carl Mascarenhas October 17, 2009 October 8, 2011 6[71] Active
Cage Fury Fighting Championships Robert Haydak March 22, 2014 June 28, 2014 2[72] Active
Locked In The Cage Fran Evans June 2, 2011 October 21, 2011 4[73] Defunct
Matrix Fights Jimmy Binns February 27, 2010 June 11, 2010 2[74] Active

Professional boxing[edit]

These professional boxing promotions have held events at 2300 Arena.[75][76][77][78][79][80]

Promotion Promoter First event Last event Total events Status
Dee Lee Promotions Diane Lee Fischer August 24, 2007 August 24, 2007 1 Defunct
Don Chargin Productions Don Chargin July 20, 2007 March 7, 2008 2 Active
Don Elbaum Promotions Don Elbaum September 24, 1993 September 24, 1993 1 Active
Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer March 3, 2006 January 20, 2015 4 Active
Joe Hand Promotions Joe Hand July 20, 2007 November 25, 2014 5 Active
KEA Boxing Andre Kut February 26, 2010 April 30, 2010 2 Active
King's Promotions Marshall Kauffman January 31, 2015 January 31, 2015 1 Active
Peltz Boxing Promotions J. Russell Peltz May 14, 2004 May 8, 2015 26 Active
Power Productions Greg Robinson September 23, 2005 April 9, 2010 5 Defunct
Prime Time Entertainment Richard T. Clark August 24, 2007 August 24, 2007 1 Defunct
Shalyte Entertainment Blaine Garner July 10, 2009 July 10, 2009 1 Defunct
Top Rank Bob Arum January 11, 2007 December 13, 2014 3 Active
Xtreme Productions Inc. Greg Robinson January 16, 2009 March 13, 2009 2 Defunct

Professional wrestling[edit]

These professional wrestling promotions have held events at 2300 Arena.[81]

Promotion Promoter(s) First event Last event Total events Status
American Luchacore Sami Callihan September 20, 2009 September 20, 2009 001 Defunct
Break The Barrier Al Isaacs May 15, 1999 May 15, 1999 001 Defunct
Chikara Mike Quackenbush August 13, 2005 January 25, 2015 044 Active
Combat Zone Wrestling John Zandig, DJ Hyde December 15, 2001 February 21, 2015 134 Active
Dangerous Women of Wrestling Dan Kowal February 2, 2006 May 27, 2010 002 Defunct
Dragon Gate USA Satoshi Oji July 25, 2009 November 12, 2011 005 Defunct
Evolve Wrestling Gabe Sapolsky January 14, 2012 January 14, 2012 001 Active
Extreme Championship Wrestling Tod Gordon, Paul Heyman May 14, 1993 December 23, 2000 105 Defunct
Extreme Rising Steve O'Neill December 28, 2013 December 28, 2013 001 Defunct
Hardcore Homecoming Shane Douglas June 10, 2005 November 5, 2005 002 Defunct
Heritage Wrestling Alliance Joe Blackburn March 29, 2003 March 29, 2003 001 Defunct
House of Hardcore Tommy Dreamer November 15, 2014 March 7, 2015 002 Active
Independent Championship Wrestling November 8, 2002 November 8, 2002 001 Defunct
Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South Ian Rotten June 11, 2005 June 30, 2007 002 Active
International Wrestling Syndicate Manny Eleftheriou July 9, 2005 July 9, 2005 001 Active
Jersey All Pro Wrestling Frank Iadeavia November 18, 2000 December 11, 2010 013 Active
Legends of the Arena Francine Fournier June 27, 2009 June 27, 2009 001 Defunct
Main Event Championship Wrestling John Collins August 11, 2001 August 11, 2001 001 Defunct
Major League Wrestling Court Bauer June 16, 2002 June 16, 2002 001 Defunct
Masked Republic Kevin Kleinrock April 27, 2014 April 27, 2014 001 Defunct
New Japan Pro Wrestling Naoki Sugabayashi May 15, 2011 May 13, 2015 003 Active
Pro Wrestling Unplugged Johnny Kashmere March 18, 2006 April 19, 2008 028 Defunct
Pro Wrestling WORLD-1 Steve Corino February 7, 2004 February 7, 2004 001 Defunct
Pro Wrestling Xplosion Ronnie Lang September 13, 2006 September 13, 2006 001 Defunct
Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling Jasmin St. Claire February 15, 2002 June 18, 2005 025 Defunct
Ring of Honor Cary Silkin March 11, 2006 May 13, 2015 035 Active
Soul City Wrestling Lenwood Hamilton May 23, 1998 May 23, 1998 001[82] Defunct
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Dixie Carter September 24, 2010 September 24, 2010 001 Active
UWF Live Hermie Sadler June 9, 2006 June 8, 2007 003 Defunct
Velocity Pro Wrestling Tod Gordon July 20, 2008 February 20, 2009 005 Defunct
westside Xtreme wrestling Peter Wiechers March 13, 2010 April 9, 2011 002 Active
Wicked Hanuman Scott March 24, 2007 March 24, 2007 001 Defunct
Women's Extreme Wrestling Dave Milan February 22, 2002 July 14, 2009 012 Defunct
Women Superstars Uncensored DJ Hyde February 21, 2015 February 21, 2015 001 Active
World Wrestling Entertainment Vince McMahon June 24, 2006 June 24, 2006 001 Active
Wrestling with Disaster Anthony Bruno June 14, 2014 June 14, 2014 001 Defunct
Xtreme Pro Wrestling Rob Black August 31, 2002 February 14, 2003 007 Defunct

Training[edit]

These professional boxing and professional wrestling schools have held training sessions at 2300 Arena.

School Years Promotion Head trainer Notable alumni
House of Hardcore 1996-2001 Extreme Championship Wrestling Tazz Chris Chetti, Danny Doring, Roadkill
Joe Hand Boxing Gym 2004-2009 Joe Hand Promotions Joe Hand Chazz Witherspoon,[83] Mike Jones,[84] Teon Kennedy[83]
Pro Wrestling Academy 2005-2012 Combat Zone Wrestling DJ Hyde Adam Cole, Kit Osbourne[85]
Wrestle Factory 2005-2012 Chikara Mike Quackenbush Danny Havoc, Drew Gulak, Frightmare, Tim Donst, Vin Gerard
Xtreme Fight Club Wrestling Academy 2006-2007 Pro Wrestling Unplugged Pitbull #1 Annie Social[86]

Tournament history[edit]

Amateur boxing[edit]

These amateur boxing tournaments have been held at 2300 Arena.

Date Title Winners National Champions Event
April 16, 2004 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship William Miller (Super Heavyweight), Chazz Witherspoon (Heavyweight), Latif Mundy (165 lb.), Michael Colston (132 lb.), Antoine Farlow (125 lb.), Teon Kennedy (112 lb.)[87] Chazz Witherspoon (Heavyweight), Teon Kennedy (112 lb.)[88] Joe Hand Promotions
April 16, 2005 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship William Boggs (165 lb.), Kaseem Wilson (152 lb.), Henry Lundy (141 lb.), Danny García (132 lb.), Tavon Walker (125 lb.), Anthony Flores (119 lb.)[89] - Joe Hand Promotions
April 1, 2006 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship Paul Koon (Heavyweight), Bear Richardson (178 lb.), Jesse Hart (165 lb.), Raymond Serrano (141 lb.), Seng Voong (132 lb.), Derrick Bivins (125 lb.)[90] - Joe Hand Promotions
April 14, 2007 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship Pedro Martinez (Super Heavyweight), Jesse Hart (165 lb.), Tahree Carroll (141 lb.), Anthony Flores (132 lb.), Luis Esquilin (125 lb.), Shawn Manning (119 lb.)[91] - Joe Hand Promotions
April 12, 2008 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship Earl Tonkins (Super Heavyweight), Paul Koon (Heavyweight), Jesse Hart (165 lb.), Tahree Carroll (141 lb.), Keenan Smith (125 lb.)[92] Keenan Smith (125 lb.)[93] Joe Hand Promotions
April 1, 2011 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship Jesse Hart (165 lb.), Arthur Trujillo (152 lb.), Samuel Teah (141 lb.), Anthony Burgin (132 lb.), Emmanuel Folly (114 lb.), Stephen Fulton, Jr. (108 lb.)[94] Jesse Hart (165 lb.), Arthur Trujillo (152 lb.)[95] Joe Hand Promotions
April 12, 2014 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship Khalil Miller (Heavyweight), Jaron Ennis (141 lb.), Stephen Fulton, Jr. (123 lb.), Christian Carto (108 lb.)[96] Christian Carto (108 lb.)[97] Joe Hand Promotions
April 18, 2015 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championship Darmani Rock (Super Heavyweight), Paul Kroll (165 lb.), Jaron Ennis (141 lb.), Christian Carto (114 lb.)[98] Darmani Rock (Super Heavyweight), Jaron Ennis (141 lb.)[99] Joe Hand Promotions

Professional wrestling[edit]

El Generico after winning the Chikara Rey de Voladores tournament at the venue in April 2011.
The Colony after winning the Chikara King of Trios tournament at the venue in April 2011.

These professional wrestling tournaments have been held at 2300 Arena.

Date Title Winner(s) Runner(s)-up Event
August 8, 1993 ECW Tag Team Championship Eddie Gilbert and Dark Patriot Salvatore Bellomo and The Sandman Eastern Championship Wrestling[100]
August 27, 1994 NWA World Heavyweight Championship Shane Douglas 2 Cold Scorpio NWA World Title Tournament[101]
June 8, 2002 CZW Best of the Best Trent Acid Jodie Fleisch CZW Best of the Best[102]
June 15, 2002 MLW World Heavyweight Championship Shane Douglas Taiyo Kea, Vampiro MLW Genesis[103]
August 24, 2002 3PW World Heavyweight Championship Pitbull #1 Christian York 3PW Babes, Belts & Blood[104]
April 12, 2003 CZW Best of the Best B-Boy Sonjay Dutt CZW Best of the Best[105]
September 13, 2003 CZW Iron Man Championship Trent Acid Jimmy Rave and Nick Gage CZW Redefined[106]
July 10, 2004 CZW Best of the Best Sonjay Dutt Roderick Strong CZW Best of the Best[107]
May 14, 2005 CZW Best of the Best Mike Quackenbush B-Boy, Kevin Steen, Super Dragon CZW Best of the Best[108]
February 26, 2006 Chikara Campeonatos de Parejas Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli Milano Collection A.T. and Skayde Chikara Tag World Grand Prix - Night 3[109]
May 13, 2006 CZW Best of the Best Ruckus Austin Aries, Claudio Castagnoli, Sabian CZW Best of the Best[110]
June 25, 2006 Chikara Young Lions Cup Arik Cannon Cheech Chikara Young Lions Cup IV - Night 3[111]
October 14, 2006 CZW World Tag Team Championship Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli Human Tornado and Justice Pain CZW Last Team Standing[112]
October 20, 2006 Pitbull/Public Enemy Memorial Cup Homicide and Ricky Reyes K-Murda and K-Pusha PWU Pitbull/Public Enemy Memorial Cup[113]
October 28, 2006 Torneo cibernetico Icarus Eddie Kingston Chikara Cibernetico Forever[114]
February 18, 2007 King of Trios Jigsaw, Mike Quackenbush and Shane Storm KUDO, MIYAWAKI and Yoshiaki Yago Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[115]
April 22, 2007 Rey de Voladores Chuck Taylor Lince Dorado Chikara Rey de Voladores[116]
July 14, 2007 CZW Best of the Best Joker B-Boy CZW Best of the Best[117]
September 22, 2007 Torneo cibernetico Claudio Castagnoli Mitch Ryder Chikara Cibernetico & Robin[118]
December 15, 2007 PWU Television Championship Z-Barr Trent Acid PWU We Don't Die[119]
March 2, 2008 King of Trios El Pantera, Incognito and Lince Dorado Eddie Kingston, Joker and Ruckus Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[120]
May 10, 2008 CZW Best of the Best Sabian Chuck Taylor CZW Best of the Best[121]
May 18, 2008 Rey de Voladores Incognito Helios Chikara Grit and Glory[122]
March 29, 2009 Rey de Voladores Kota Ibushi Player Dos Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[123]
March 29, 2009 King of Trios Chuck Taylor, Gran Akuma and Icarus Bryan Danielson, Claudio Castagnoli and Dave Taylor Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[124]
June 13, 2009 CZW Best of the Best Egotistico Fantastico Sami Callihan CZW Best of the Best[125]
August 16, 2009 Chikara Young Lions Cup Player Dos Colin Delaney Chikara Young Lions Cup VII - Night 3[126]
October 18, 2009 Torneo cibernetico Carpenter Ant Soldier Ant Chikara Cibernetico Increible[127]
November 28, 2009 Open the Freedom Gate Championship BxB Hulk Cima, Gran Akuma, Yamato DGUSA Freedom Fight[128]
March 5, 2010 ROH World Television Championship Eddie Edwards Davey Richards Ring of Honor Wrestling[129]
April 25, 2010 Rey de Voladores Ophidian Matt Cross Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[130]
April 25, 2010 King of Trios Ares, Claudio Castagnoli and Tursas The Colony Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[131]
December 11, 2010 CZW World Tag Team Championship Joker and Sabian Amasis and Ophidian CZW Cage of Death[132]
January 22, 2011 ROH Top Prospect Tournament Mike Bennett Kyle O'Reilly Ring of Honor Wrestling[133]
April 9, 2011 CZW Best of the Best Adam Cole Sami Callihan CZW Best of the Best[134]
April 17, 2011 Rey de Voladores El Generico 1-2-3 Kid Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[135]
April 17, 2011 King of Trios The Colony (Fire Ant, Green Ant and Soldier Ant) Chuck Taylor, Icarus and Johnny Gargano Chikara King of Trios - Night 3[136]
May 15, 2011 IWGP Intercontinental Championship MVP Toru Yano NJPW Invasion Tour 2011 - Night 3[137]
November 13, 2011 Chikara Grand Championship Eddie Kingston Mike Quackenbush Chikara High Noon[138]
December 6, 2014 Chikara Young Lions Cup Heidi Lovelace Missile Assault Ant Chikara Tomorrow Never Dies[139]
December 6, 2014 Torneo cibernetico Soldier Ant Fire Ant Chikara Tomorrow Never Dies[140]
January 24, 2015 ROH Top Prospect Tournament Donovan Dijak Will Ferrara Ring of Honor Wrestling[141]

Records[edit]

Ruckus at the venue as CZW World Heavyweight Champion in 2005.

This is a list of records set by both individuals and groups in various categories at 2300 Arena.

Amateur boxing[edit]

Concerts[edit]

  • Longest event: 2 days, Hostile City Death Fest, July 4, 2009 and July 5, 2009[68]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Most events: 6, Asylum Fight League
  • Highest attendance: 1,300, Matt Makowski vs. LeVon Maynard, February 27, 2010[41]
  • First match: Daniel Matalla defeated Michael Colisto, October 17, 2009[148]
  • Longest match: 3 rounds, multiple instances

Professional boxing[edit]

  • Most events: 26, Peltz Boxing Promotions
  • First match: Earl Clark defeated Kevin Swain, September 24, 1993[152]
  • Shortest match: 0:22, Derrick Webster vs. Obodai Sai, November 25, 2014[158]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Hardcore Hall of Fame[edit]

Hardcore Hall of Fame banners commemorating The Public Enemy.
Hardcore Hall of Fame banners commemorating Terry Funk, The Sandman and John Zandig.
Hardcore Hall of Fame banners commemorating Eddie Gilbert and Chris Candido.
Hardcore Hall of Fame banners commemorating Sabu and Tod Gordon.
Hardcore Hall of Fame banners commemorating Jerry Lynn and Tommy Dreamer.

Banners commemorating the careers of professional wrestlers and wrestling personalities who contributed to the history of 2300 Arena are permanently on display at the venue.[8][174]

Inductees[edit]

# Year Ring name
(Birth name)
Inducted by Notes
1 2002 Rocco Rock
(Theodore James Petty)
Gordon, TodTod Gordon Posthumous inductee. Four-time ECW World Tag Team Champion. His former tag-team partner Johnny Grunge was present for the ceremony.[175]
2 2005 Terry Funk
(Terrence Funk)
Gordon, TodTod Gordon Two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion.[176]
3 2007 Johnny Grunge
(Michael Durham)
Wolfe, GaryGary Wolfe Posthumous inductee. Four-time ECW World Tag Team Champion.[177]
4 2007 The Sandman
(Jim Fullington)
Gordon, TodTod Gordon Five-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion.[178]
5 2008 John Zandig
(John Corson)
Artigiani, RogerRoger Artigiani Founder of Combat Zone Wrestling. Six-time CZW World Heavyweight Champion.[179]
6 2009 Eddie Gilbert
(Thomas Edward Gilbert, Jr.)
The Sandman Posthumous inductee. First booker of Extreme Championship Wrestling. One-time ECW World Tag Team Champion.[180]
7 2009 Chris Candido
(Christopher Candito)
The Sandman Posthumous inductee. Three-time ECW World Tag Team Champion.[180]
8 2009 Tod Gordon The Sandman Founder of Extreme Championship Wrestling.[180]
9 2009 Sabu
(Terry Brunk)
The Sandman Two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion.[180]
10 2010 Trent Acid
(Michael Verdi)
DJ Hyde Posthumous inductee. Four-time CZW World Tag Team Champion. Three-time CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion.[181]
11 2010 Jerry Lynn
(Jeremy Lynn)
Jim Cornette One-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion. One-time ROH World Champion.[182]
12 2010 Tommy Dreamer
(Thomas James Laughlin)
Eddie Kingston Two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion.[183]
13 2011 ECW Arena Fans Greg Excellent In honor of the loyal fan base of 2300 Arena.[184]
14 2014 The Blue Meanie
(Brian Daniel Heffron)
Al Snow Founding member of The Blue World Order.[185]
15 2014 The Pitbulls
(Anthony Durante and Gary Wolfe)
Jason Knight Anthony Durante inducted posthumously. One-time ECW World Tag Team Champions.[185]
16 2014 2 Cold Scorpio
(Charles Bernard Scaggs)
Tod Gordon Four-time ECW World Television Champion.[185]
17 2014 Shane Douglas
(Troy Allan Martin)
Roger Artigiani Four-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion. Two-time ECW World Television Champion. One-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion.[185]

Ceremony dates[edit]

Date Promotion Event Inductee(s)
October 19, 2002 Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling A Night for the Flyboy[175] Rocco Rock
November 5, 2005 Hardcore Homecoming November Reign[176] Terry Funk
June 16, 2007 Pro Wrestling Unplugged The Crazy 8[186] Johnny Grunge, The Sandman
December 13, 2008 Combat Zone Wrestling Cage of Death X[179] John Zandig
June 27, 2009 Legends of the Arena Legends of the Arena[180] Eddie Gilbert, Chris Candido, Tod Gordon, Sabu
July 10, 2010 Combat Zone Wrestling Acid-Fest[181] Trent Acid
July 17, 2010 Ring of Honor Ring of Honor Wrestling[182] Jerry Lynn
July 25, 2010 Chikara Chikarasaurus Rex: King of Show[187] Tommy Dreamer
July 11, 2011 Combat Zone Wrestling New Heights[184] ECW Arena Fans
June 14, 2014 Wrestling with Disaster The Final Cut[185] The Blue Meanie, The Pitbulls, 2 Cold Scorpio, Shane Douglas

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