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Verizon Wireless Center

Verizon Wireless Center
Former names Mankato Civic Center, Midwest Wireless Civic Center, Alltel Center
Location 1 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Coordinates
Owner City of Mankato
Operator City of Mankato
Capacity 5,280 (ice hockey)
8,200 (concerts)
Surface 200' x 90' (hockey)[1]
Opened February 3, 1995
Tenants
Minnesota State University Mavericks (Ice Hockey)
Minnesota Havok (IFL) (2016-)
Minnesota Purple Rage (IFL) (2000)

The Verizon Wireless Center is a 5,280-seat (8,200 for concerts) multi-purpose arena, in Mankato, Minnesota built in 1995.

It is home to the Minnesota State Mavericks men's ice hockey team and hosts musical performances, conventions and other events. Beginning in 2016, it will be home to the Minnesota Havok of the Indoor Football League.

Prior to the building of the arena, Minnesota State Mankato played their home games at All Seasons Arena, built in 1974, which is now their main practice facility.

The arena's naming sponsor is Verizon Wireless, one of America's major wireless phone companies.

In 1998, locally headquartered phone company Midwest Wireless purchased naming rights to the Civic Center. With Alltel's acquisition of Midwest Wireless, the facility's name was officially changed in July 2007.[2] Alltel paid $110,000 per year for naming rights.[3] The name changed in 2009 after Alltel was purchased by Verizon Wireless.[4]

The south side of the complex incorporates the restored exterior of the First National Bank of Mankato, a 1913 Prairie School building.

Events

Primarily, the Center hosts hockey games, concerts and conventions.

Notable past events include Disney Live, Jeff Dunham, Monster Jam, TNA Live and WWE Live.

References

  1. ^ http://mankatofreepress.com/sports/x312419954/Changes-taking-shape-at-Verizon-Center-hockey-rink?mobRedir=false
  2. ^ Alltel Press Release. Alltel. July 10, 2007. Accessed July 10, 2007.
  3. ^ Linehan, Dan (2007-06-25). "Civic center to be Alltel Center".  
  4. ^ "Alltel Center to get name change".  

External links

  • Verizon Wireless Center - official site

seating chart

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