Tucson Convention Center

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Tucson Convention Center
Address 260 South Church Avenue
Location Tucson, Arizona
Coordinates 32°13′6″N 110°58′27″W / 32.21833°N 110.97417°W / 32.21833; -110.97417Coordinates: 32°13′6″N 110°58′27″W / 32.21833°N 110.97417°W / 32.21833; -110.97417
Owner City of Tucson
Operator SMG
Opened 1971
Renovated 2014
Former names
Tucson Community Center
Theatre seating
Tucson Music Hall: 2,289
Leo Rich Theater: 511
Tucson Arena: 7,440
Enclosed space
 • Total space 205,000 square feet

The Tucson Convention Center (previously named the Tucson Community Center) is a large multi-purpose convention center located in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Built in 1971, the location includes a 7,440-seat indoor arena, two performing arts venues, and 205,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of meeting space. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Performance venues[edit]

  • Tucson Music Hall, with 2,289 seats, is used for concert performances, including opera.
  • Leo Rich Theatre, with 511 seats, is used for small scale and more intimate performances.
  • Tucson Arena, with 4,988 permanent seats, 2,724 bleacher seats, and floor capacity for 888.[1]


Tucson Convention Center Arena
Capacity 7,440
Surface 200' x 85'
Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) (2016–present)
Arizona Wildcats Hockey (ACHA)

Arizona Wildcats ice hockey[edit]

The University of Arizona Wildcats club hockey team currently plays at Tucson Arena and is the primary tenant at this time. Although associated with the college, the team receives no funding directly from the school. The hockey team is a Division 1 member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Leo Golembiewski had been the head coach for the last 27 years, leading the team to 21 straight national tournaments with eight semi-final appearances and one national championship. The current coach is Chad Berman,[2] in his first year with the team.

Tucson Roadrunners[edit]

Beginning from the fall of 2016, the Arena has been home to the Tucson Roadrunners in the American Hockey League.[3][4][5][6]

Other events[edit]

The Tucson Convention Center has been host to many other events including the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, Jehovah's Witnesses Regional Conventions, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, concerts, monster truck shows as well as many live WWE television broadcasts featuring Raw, SmackDown & ECW. In 1999, the arena hosted an Empty Arena match between The Rock and Mankind for the WWF Championship, which aired during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII.

Past minor league teams[edit]


Throughout 2014, the Tucson Convention Center was renovated at a cost of $22 million,[7] via funding by the Rio Nuevo downtown redevelopment and revitalization district and the City of Tucson, including new bathrooms, lighting, seats, a revamped sound system, a new kitchen and a video scoreboard.[8] Mike Love's Beach Boys headlined a January 4, 2015 concert at the venue, debuting the remodeled arena.[9]

Management of the convention center is now handled by SMG.[10]

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