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Toyota Center Kennewick
Toyota Center-Kennewick
The Coliseum, Windermere Theatre
Toyota Center Kennewick 2.jpg
Looking northeast in 2006
Former namesThree Rivers Coliseum
(2004-2005)
Tri-Cities Coliseum
(1988-2004)
Location7016 W. Grandridge Blvd.
Coordinates46°13?12?N 119°13?01?W / 46.22°N 119.217°W / 46.22; -119.217Coordinates: 46°13?12?N 119°13?01?W / 46.22°N 119.217°W / 46.22; -119.217
OwnerCity of Kennewick
OperatorVenuWorks
Capacity7,715 (concerts)
6,000 (hockey)
2,099 (theatre)[1]
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke ground1987
OpenedNovember 19, 1988[5]
30 years ago
Construction cost$10 million[2]
($20.7 million in 2017[3])
ArchitectPBK Architects, Inc.[4]
Tenants
Tri-City Americans (WHL) (1988-present)
Tri-City Chinook (CBA) (1991–1995)
Tri-Cities Fever (AF2/NIFL/IFL) (2005-2016)
Tri-Cities Fire (AWFC) (2019-future)
Website
www.yourtoyotacenter.com
Kennewick is located in the US
Kennewick
Kennewick
Location in the United States
Kennewick is located in Washington (state)
Kennewick
Kennewick
Location in Washington

The Toyota Center is a multi-purpose arena in the northwest United States, located in Kennewick, Washington.

Opened 30 years ago in 1988 as the Tri-Cities Coliseum, the arena's name was changed in 2004 to the Three Rivers Coliseum to match the Three Rivers Convention Center, which was built next door in the same year. In October 2005, a deal was reached between the city of Kennewick and Toyota, which agreed to pay $2 million over ten years for naming rights. The city uses the funds for needed improvements and upgrades to the facility. A smaller facility next door, built by the city in 1998, was named "Toyota Arena."

In 2016, the Kennewick Public Facilities District will put to the voters an expansion of what is now known as the Three Rivers Complex. This expansion is called The Link, an ambitious $35 million project that would build a 2,300-seat theater, add 50,000 square feet (4,650 m2) of convention space, and renovate the arena.[6]

The Toyota Center is located west of central Kennewick, just northwest of Vista Field, which closed five years ago in 2013. The elevation at ground level is approximately five hundred feet (150 m) above sea level.

Sports

The Toyota Center is home to the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans hockey team.[7] The center was formerly the home of the Tri-City Chinook of the Continental Basketball Association[8] and the Tri-Cities Fever indoor football team. The seating capacity for hockey is about 6,000.

During the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, the venue was used for ice hockey, since the Kingdome was in use by the Mariners.[9] It has also hosted the state championships for high school volleyball, held in November.

Concerts and shows

The arena is also used for concerts (capacity 7,715), banquets, ice shows, circuses, and trade shows (27,132 square feet (2,520 m2) of space). Recently, the theatre configuration of the facility has been named "Windermere Theatre", licensed to Seattle-based Windermere Real Estate, and the facility now hosts Broadway shows.

It also hosted acts such as Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Slipknot, and Avenged Sevenfold who to date holds the record for largest attendance for any event held, with a sellout of 6,842, based on the configuration for the concert. The legendary rock band KISS is scheduled to perform on July 10, 2016, and is expected to be the highest grossing and biggest concert ever held at the Toyota Center.[10] A concert by Shinedown was filmed at the Toyota Center, and aired on Palladia with the title Madness from Washington State.

Other events

The Toyota Center has also hosted yearly Jehovah's Witnesses conventions during the month of July. It has held numerous professional wrestling events: WWE house shows when WWE is taping Monday Night Raw or Friday Night Smackdown or a PPV event in the nearby cities of Spokane, Yakima, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon.

The arena also hosts children's events, such as Sesame Street Live Make a New Friend!, making the venue an attraction for all ages.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Kennewick and the Kennewick Public Facilities District announce new Windermere Theatre for the Toyota Center Archived 2014-12-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Jim Riley (21 November 1988). "Tri-Cities steps into the big-time with Coliseum". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Sports & Entertainment - complete project list" (PDF). PBK Architects, Inc. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Kathleen Knutson (20 November 1988). "A Dream Fulfilled - Developer sees state-of-the-art building as first of many". Tri-City Herald. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ The Link is an ambitious project, a $35 million dollar project that would build a 2,300 seat theater, add 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of convention space, and renovate the Toyota Center
  7. ^ Dial, Tracci (March 7, 2014). "Time Lapse: Toyota Center Changeover From Ice to Turf to Court". Tri-Cities, WA: KNDU. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "Tri-City Chinook fold". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. wire services. March 21, 1995. p. C2.
  9. ^ "Tri-Cities Coliseum gets Games' hockey, skating". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. March 16, 1989. p. D5.
  10. ^ http://www.tri-cityherald.com/latest-news/article70685562.html
  11. ^ http://sesamestreetlive.com/

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