Westchester County Center

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Westchester County Center
Westchester County Center Logo.png
Westchester Couny Center December 3, 2013.jpg
Facade of the Westchester County Center
Address198 Central Avenue
LocationWhite Plains, New York 10606
Coordinates41°2′13″N 73°46′43″W / 41.03694°N 73.77861°W / 41.03694; -73.77861Coordinates: 41°2′13″N 73°46′43″W / 41.03694°N 73.77861°W / 41.03694; -73.77861
CapacityBasketball: 5,000
Concerts: 5,000
Indoor football: 3,000[1]
Construction
Built1924
Opened1930
Renovated1988
Tenants
Westchester Golden Apples (USBL) (1985)
New York Liberties (MLV) (1987–1989)
Westchester Knicks (NBA G League) (2014–present)
New York Liberty (WNBA) (2018–2019)
New York Streets (NAL) (2019)
Website
www.countycenter.biz

The Westchester County Center is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in White Plains, New York. It hosts various local concerts and sporting events for the area.

The County Center was conceived by the Westchester Recreation Commission in 1924 as a multi-purpose indoor recreational facility to host community programs and income-producing commercial events. It was designed by the architectural firm of Walker & Gillette, and built and decorated in the Art Deco style. The construction project cost approximately $785,000; a $16-million rehabilitation was completed in 1988.

For nearly 80 years the County Center has been Westchester's premier setting for thousands of concerts, trade shows, sports events, meetings, seminars, theatrical presentations, conventions and civic and community events.

On the weekend of May 22, 1930, the Westchester County Center Grand opening gala was held, attracting thousands from all over Westchester to hear such notable musicians as the pianist Percy Grainger, Metropolitan Opera Company tenor Edward Johnson, organist Palmer Christian and more than 1,500 local choral group performers. In the ensuing years, generations of County Center audiences have been treated to performances by such greats as Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Joan Sutherland, James Brown, Kenny Rogers, Janis Joplin and John Sebastian, along with the Harlem Globetrotters, World Wrestling Entertainment, and the Royal Hanneford Circus, one of the longest running events at the Center to date.

Notable events[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THE STREETS' HOME IN WESTCHESTER IS HISTORICAL, INTIMATE AND LOUD". New York Streets. February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "History of the Westchester County Center". Westchester County Center. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "TO BEGIN ORGAN RECITALS; Westchester's Summer Program Will Open Today in County Centre", NY Times, July 6, 1930, p 28.
  4. ^ "LEHMAN WIND-UP MONDAY; Ends Campaign With Talk at Labor Party Rally in White Plains" October 29, 1936, NY Times
  5. ^ Boxrec Jack Brazzo aka Jack Palance
  6. ^ "Locate Events". BoxRec. Retrieved February 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "Volleyball at Center". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  8. ^ "MSG to Operate Liberty While Continuing to Pursue Sale, Westchester County Center to Serve as Team's Primary Home for 2018". New York Liberty. February 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "New York Liberty Announce Barclays Center as Home Venue Beginning in 2020". OurSports Central. October 17, 2019.
  10. ^ "Norling: IFW – What in the Streets is going on in the NAL!?". Last Word on Sports. April 23, 2019.

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