|Former names||Bossier City Arena (2000)|
CenturyTel Center (2000–2010)
|Location||2000 CenturyTel Center Drive|
Bossier City, Louisiana 71112
|Owner||City of Bossier City|
|Broke ground||March 30, 1999|
|Opened||November 2, 2000|
|Construction cost||$56.5 million|
($80.4 million in 2017 dollars)
|Architect||AE Design Group|
|General contractor||Roy Anderson Corp.|
|Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL) (2000-2011)|
Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings (AFL) (2001-2010)
The CenturyLink Center (formerly CenturyTel Center and Bossier City Arena) is a 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena, in Bossier City, Louisiana. The naming rights were purchased by the telephone company CenturyLink of Monroe, Louisiana in 2010.
It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 2001. In 2011, the CenturyLink Center with the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters hosted 1st and 2nd round games for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament including the first two games of eventual champion Texas A&M.
On January 14, 2007, the CHL All-Star game was played at the arena, for the first time ever, hosted by the Mudbugs.
In December 2014, the Bossier City Council once again rejected pay increases for city employees as proposed by Mayor Lo Walker. Columnist Jeffrey D. Sadow attributed the lack of municipal funds for such raises to the recurring high costs associated with the operation of CenturyLink, which cost $1,500 per resident, or $55.6 million, nearly $20 million more than had been anticipated by city officials. Through 2013, the city spent $5 million more to operate the center. Minor league sports teams, unable to survive, abandoned the CenturyLink. In 2013 alone, the city transferred $750,000 into CenturyLink and still ran a deficit of $200,000. Those costs could have funded the pay raises Walker proposed. Sadow proposes that the city sell CenturyLink at a loss so that it not become a permanent white elephant on municipal expenditures.