U.S. Cellular Center (Cedar Rapids)

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U.S. Cellular Center
Former names Five Seasons Center
Location 370 1st Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
Owner City of Cedar Rapids
Operator VenuWorks
Capacity 6,900 (Basketball)
8,600 (Concerts)
Construction
Broke ground 1977
Opened January 25, 1979
Renovated June 2013
Closed July 2011
Construction cost $8 million
($26.1 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Tenants
Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets (CBA) (1988–1991)
Cedar Rapids Sharpshooters (GBA) (1991–1992)
Cedar Rapids River Raiders (USBL) (2004)
Cedar Rapids Titans (IFL) (2014–present)
Cedar Rapids Rampage (MASL) (2015–present)

U.S. Cellular Center (formerly Five Seasons Center) is a multi-purpose arena located in the downtown area of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It was financed by the approval of a voter referendum to allocate special municipal capital improvement bond monies, after several prior bond referendums to build a civic center failed between 1965 and 1977. The initial construction cost was approximately $7 million for the arena and facilities. The city approved an additional $1 million to build an adjacent multi-level parking facility connected to the center by a skywalk. The center is adjoined by a 16-story DoubleTree hotel facility built directly above the arena.

The center hosts local sporting events and concerts, most notably the Iowa State High School Girls Volleyball Tournament and the Iowa High School Team Dual Wrestling Championships. It was opened in 1979 as the Five Seasons Center, and hosted the English progressive-rock band Yes as its first official concert event on April 25, 1979. The arena has a basketball capacity of about 6,900 and can seat up to 8,600 for concerts. It served as the primary sports and entertainment venue in Eastern Iowa until the completion of Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City four years later. Former professional tenants include the Cedar Rapids River Raiders of the United States Basketball League, the Cedar Rapids Sharpshooters of the Global Basketball Association and the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets of the Continental Basketball Association. Numerous commencement ceremonies are held at the arena. Also, Phish played the arena in 1995.

The venue hosted the initial WCW/nWo Souled Out event in 1997. It also hosted a WCW Clash of the Champions event in 1994 and a WCW Monday Nitro event in 1999.

In early June 2008, the U.S. Cellular Center was flooded with water from the Iowa Flood of 2008.

The arena closed in July 2011 to undergo renovations as part of a larger project to build a convention complex around the site, which also includes renovations to the now DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. The complex was re-opened for a concert by Lady Antebellum on June 1, 2013.[2] It was selected as the host arena for the NCAA Division II National Volleyball tournament December 12–14, 2013.

It is home to the Cedar Rapids Titans of the Indoor Football League, since 2014.[3]

On October 17th, 2014, US Cellular Center held an NBA preseason game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. ^ "Cedar Rapids Convention Complex". City of Cedar Rapids. Retrieved 2011-03-19. 
  3. ^ Pro football coming to Cedar Rapids? | TheGazette

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
Yoyogi National Gymnasium
Ultimate Fighting Championship venue
UFC 21
UFC 26
Succeeded by
Lake Charles Civic Center
Lakefront Arena

Coordinates: 41°58′48.79″N 91°40′2.79″W / 41.9802194°N 91.6674417°W / 41.9802194; -91.6674417