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Macon Coliseum

Macon Centreplex Coliseum
Location 200 Coliseum Drive
Macon, Georgia 31217
Owner City of Macon
Operator City of Macon
Capacity Basketball: 9,252
Hockey and Arena football: 7,182
Opened 1968 (Renovated in 1996)
Tenants
GHSA High School Basketball Class A, AA, and AAA Championships (1968-present)
Macon Steel (AIF) (2012)
Macon Knights (af2) (2001-2006)
Macon Whoopees (SHL) (1973-1974)
Macon Whoopee (CHL) (1996-2001)
Macon Whoopee (ECHL) (2001-2002)
Macon Blaze (WBA) (2005-2005)
Macon Trax (SPHL) (2002-2005)
Macon Mayhem (SPHL) (2015-present)

The Macon Coliseum is a multi-purpose United States. It was home to the Macon Whoopee (ECHL), Macon Whoopee (CHL) and Macon Trax ice hockey teams and also the Macon Knights arena football team until 2006. It is home to the Macon Mayhem, a minor-league hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Seating 7,182 for hockey and arena football and up to 9,252 for concerts, it is the largest of three facilities comprising the Macon Centreplex, which also includes the adjacent Edgar H. Wilson Convention Centre and the City Auditorium, located downtown.

History

Macon Coliseum was built in 1968 as the first facility of its size and kind in the state. Ronnie Thompson was among its most influential backers. Thompson, who served from 1967-1975, blocked an appearance at the facility by the boxer Muhammad Ali because the mayor objected to Ali's Conscientious Objector status during the Vietnam War.

The Coliseum quickly became Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sarah MacLachlan, Billy Joel, Katy Perry, Elton John and many others. R.E.M. filmed part of its first concert film Tourfilm here on November 11, 1989.

World Championship Wrestling often came to the Coliseum. It was in this arena that Scott Hall came out from the audience in a May 27, 1996, episode of Monday Nitro to mark the beginning of the NWO.

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