Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

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The Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena is a 6,800 (4,710 for hockey) seat multi-purpose arena in Binghamton, New York. The Arena was completed in 1973, providing an entertainment venue for residents of the Greater Binghamton area. After decades of hangling over location, size, and design - it's rumored a college student's design won a nationwide design competition. Whether or not that's true, the Arena has a near twins in the Cornwall Civic Complex in Cornwall, Ontario (built in 1976) and similar facilities in the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, ME and WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, WV (both built in 1977). Originally, a performing arts center was to be adjacent to the Arena, across Washington Street, but plans fell through due to lack of funds. The first act was the Ringling Bros, Barnum & Bailey Circus, in an unfinished Arena in May 1973. Chicago played the first concert at the arena (with Bruce Springsteen as opener) on June 13, 1973. The ribbon cutting and first event on ice was with the Ice Capades; and the Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League were the building's first fulltime tenant. The Dusters, became the Binghamton Dusters in 1977 and moved into the American Hockey League. That AHL franchise, would go through a number of name changes, becoming the Whalers and Rangers before moving in 1997. The BC Icemen, of the United Hockey League, occupied the Arena for five seasons until the AHL returned. Since 2002, the Arena has been home to the Binghamton Senators, who are affiliated with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. The Arena has hosted some notable names in entertainment - Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Rogers, Nickelback, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Keith Sweat, Cher, Dolly Parton, Green Day, and Carrie Underwood to name but a few. Trade shows, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Circus all make yearly visits. Plus, every December, the Arena plays host to the Stop-DWI Holiday Classic, one of the premiere high school basketball tournaments in the nation.

Notable events
Elvis Presley performed back-to-back sold out concerts at the Arena, May 26th & 27th, just prior to his death in the summer of 1977. The New Jersey Nets of the NBA, Hartford Whalers, Washington Capitals, and Ottawa Senators of the NHL have all hosted exhibition games at the Arena. On June 13, 2005 World Wrestling Entertainment brought RAW to the Arena, which was broadcast live nationwide on television. The Arena played host to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic, with the skills contest and game broadcast on consecutive nights on live TV across the US and Canada.

Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame
The Arena is home to the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame, with a display of plaques on the main concourse. Current inductees are: 1998: Ken Holland, Randy MacGregor, Jim Matthews 1999: Rod Bloomfield, Jacques Caron, Paul Stewart 2000: Paul Crowley, Paul Fenton, Larry Pleau 2001: Craig Duncanson, Pierre Laganiere, Brad Shaw 2002: Chris Cichocki, Peter Sidorkiewicz, Ross Yates 2003: Roger Neel, Peter Fiorentino 2004: Peter Laviolette, Jon Smith, Bob Sullivan 2005: Don Biggs, Dallas Gaume, Brad Jones 2006: Ken Gernander, Dave Staffen 2007: Gary Jaquith, Brian McReynolds 2008: Doug McKay, Warren Harper 2009: Andy Hedlund, Jason Spezza 2010: Peter Ciavaglia, Jim Hofford

Building Activity

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