Verizon Wireless Arena

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This article is about the arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. For the former Alltel Arena in North Little Rock, Arkansas, see Verizon Arena. For the former MCI Center in Washington, D.C., see Verizon Center. For the arena in Mankato, Minnesota, see Verizon Wireless Center.
Verizon Wireless Arena
"The Verizon"
Verizon Wireless Arena logo.png
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Former names Civic Arena (during construction)
Location 555 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Coordinates 42°59′11″N 71°27′44″W / 42.98639°N 71.46222°W / 42.98639; -71.46222Coordinates: 42°59′11″N 71°27′44″W / 42.98639°N 71.46222°W / 42.98639; -71.46222
Owner City of Manchester
Operator SMG
Capacity 9,852 (hockey)[1]
11,140 (basketball)
10,050 (end stage)
11,770 (centerstage concerts)
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground April 13, 2000[2]
Opened November 15, 2001
Construction cost $68,000,000
($90.9 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect Populous
Lavallee Brensinger Architects[4]
Project manager ScheerGame Sports Development, LLC.[5]
Structural engineer LeMessurier Consultants[6]
General contractor Gilbane[7]/Harvey[8]
Manchester Monarchs (ECHL) (2015–present)
Manchester Monarchs (AHL) (2001–2015)
Manchester Wolves (af2) (2004–2009)

The Verizon Wireless Arena is an indoor events arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, and seats 9,852 for ice hockey, 11,140 for basketball and up to 11,770 for concerts.[9]

Verizon Wireless paid for the arena's naming rights. The facility was originally known during construction as Civic Arena, and this name still appears on most of the directional signs around town.

On February 2, 2016, it was announced that the Southern New Hampshire University has partnered with SMG for the naming rights to the current Verizon Wireless Arena which will be renamed to the SNHU Arena beginning in on September 1, 2016 for a period of at least 10 years.[10]

The arena contains 542 club seats, 34 luxury suites, and 5 party suites.[9]


The Verizon Wireless Arena is located on Elm Street (U.S. Route 3) at the corner of Lake and Granite streets, the latter of which leads directly to Interstate 293 across the Merrimack River. The arena was built on the site of a former Zayre's department store and is located on an irregular block, surrounded by Elm Street (west), Lake Street (north), Chestnut Street (east) and Auburn Street (south), with Cedar (north) and Willow (east) streets taking a corner off the southwestern corner of the block. Before and after events, Lake and Elm Streets will typically be blocked off for pedestrian access.

The arena's exterior includes its notable curved blue roof, which helps heavy New Hampshire snowfall to slide off. The top half of the arena's facade is a steel oval, the western side of which is lit during events and is visible from the west side of the city and from Interstate 293. The lower half of the building is red brick, except the main entrance on the western side of the arena, which is entirely glass, providing views of the entry plaza, mills and the West Side. There is also a large window on the main concourse's north side providing views of the Manchester skyline. There are multiple entrance doors on the front side of the arena, and two sets of doors on the eastern side. A large abstract sculpture adorns the southwest lawn of the arena near the corner of Cedar and Elm streets, and the arena's outdoor LED marquee board is located at the corner of Lake and Elm. Drive-in access for larger shows is located on the southeastern corner of the arena, accessible by a gate on Willow Street.

The arena's main concourse wraps around the entire arena, with two separate concourses for the upper levels on the north and south sidelines. The main entrance is at a lower level, with the Monarchs Pro Shop, offices and ticket offices located here. The entry level also provides a direct access to a club lounge deck above section 101, which is often used for in-event performances and promotions. The club lounge is located directly above the deck, in lieu of luxury suites. The arena has several luxury boxes, with a second level of boxes on the east and west sides of the interior. The arena has two levels, with the upper deck being curved along the top. The second level of luxury suites on the sidelines raise the upper decks on either side above the level of the end zone upper decks, and as such the four quadrants of the upper deck are essentially separate. The wall above the upper deck is painted tan, with the seats being either tan or red. The arena has a standard four-sided scoreboard, with four video boards and a combination of dot matrix and seven-segment displays. There are also several video ribbons, both in dot-matrix and LED, located along the facades of the end zone upper decks, which serve as alternate scoreboards and occasionally display out-of-town scores. The arena floor level is expandable for larger events by movable seats, and events using an end zone staging area typically use the eastern end zone for the stage.

Sporting events[edit]

The arena is home to the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL and the former home of the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and the Manchester Wolves of the now disbanded af2. The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team also plays some of their home games there, annually against Dartmouth College in the Battle for the Riverstone Cup, and against the University of Maine Black Bears in the Border War. The Verizon has hosted the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, WWE Backlash in 2005, and the NCAA Men's Frozen Four Northeast Regional tournament in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. State high school basketball and hockey championships have been held in the arena. Both the Boston Celtics of the NBA and the Boston Bruins of the NHL sometimes play preseason games at the arena. As of 2016 the New England Liberty (Legend Football League) will play their home games at the arena.

Other events[edit]

The arena has hosted dozens of concerts by major artists, many of whom have visited the Manchester venue on multiple occasions.

Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in June 2007, to speak at the Manchester Central High School graduation.

In December 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and TV icon Oprah Winfrey appeared at a campaign rally at the arena, drawing over 8,000 people. Obama also appeared at the arena in May 2007 to speak at the Southern New Hampshire University commencement.

Adam Sandler, a Manchester native, gave a speech at the 2008 Manchester Memorial High School graduation, and both 2003 and 2010 Manchester Central High School graduations.

2012 Republican presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney delivered his final speech before election day at the arena on November 5, 2012. The event drew nearly 18,000 people and was the largest political event in New Hampshire's history. Overflow supporters were forced to watch the speech on large outdoor televisions because the arena ran out of space. The event included a concert performed by Kid Rock in support of Gov. Romney.

The FIRST Robotics Competition holds its regional competition, the BAE Systems Granite State Regional, in the arena every year.

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ "AHL Set to Kick Off 75th Anniversary Season". American Hockey League. October 8, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ "American Hockey League Teams From Manchester and Lowell Will Not Face Each Other on the Ice Until at Least the Fall of 2001". The Telegraph (Nashua). May 6, 2000. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "Verizon Wireless Arena". Lavallee Brensinger Architects. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "ScheerGame Completes N.H. Arena". Milwaukee Business Journal. November 5, 2001. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Resumes". LeMessurier Consultants. Archived from the original on March 1, 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Special Report: What's On Deck". SportsBusiness Journal. July 30, 2001. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "History". Harvey Construction. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Arena Info". Verizon Wireless Arena. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "SNHU Partners with SMG to Provide Opportunities for Students and Connect with the Community". Lauren Keane. Southern New Hampshire University. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 

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