Hampton Coliseum
Located in Hampton, Virginia, the Hampton Coliseum is a multi-use facility owned by the City of Hampton. It is used to host concerts, and is a regular stop on the World Wrestling Entertainment tour. Opening in 1970, then known as the Hampton Roads Coliseum, was the Hampton Roads metropolitan area's, and the state of Virginia's first large multi-purpose arena. The arena seats about 13,800 for festival-style concerts and 9,777 for basketball.

The coliseum building construction commenced on May 24, 1968 at an estimated cost of $8,500,000. The construction involved 30 contractors, approximately 17,000 cubic yards of concrete, 750 tons of steel and 256,000 watts of lighting.

The Hampton Coliseum was also one of several former homes of the American Basketball Association professional basketball franchise Virginia Squires. The Squires played there (in addition to the Roanoke Civic Center, Richmond Coliseum and the Norfolk Scope, all within the state of Virginia) from 1970 to 1976. The Virginia Squires played their first game at the Coliseum on October 22, 1970 (versus the Carolina Cougars) and their last game on April 6, 1976 (versus the Spirits of St. Louis). The Coliseum was also home to the Virginia Wings and Hampton Gulls hockey teams in the American Hockey League and the Hampton Aces of the North Eastern Hockey League.

Sporting events
The 1987”“1989 Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball tournaments were held in the Coliseum, as was the 1985 Sun Belt Conference tourney. The Hampton Coliseum is also the home of the Virginia Duals annual wrestling tournament, hosting invitational college and high school matches. The coliseum hosted WWF/WWE RAW , in April 1998, August 2005, May 2007, and January 2008. It also hosted SmackDown! and for ECW on Sci Fi on December 2006. In January 2008, WWE had its first television show taped in high definition in this arena.

Notable concerts
Led Zeppelin performed at the Colisuem twice (one being an incomplete show), on August 17, 1970 and on September 9, 1971. Elton John performed at the Coliseum on November 18, 1972. It was his first ever show in the state of Virginia. Newly added guitarist Davey Johnstone missed the show due to a toothache, leaving the show to be done by the original Elton John Band line-up featuring: bassist Dee Murray, and drummer Nigel Olsson. The Grateful Dead played the Coliseum 21 times, with their first of many shows on May 4, 1979 and a total of 18 shows played during the 1980s. In 1989 they billed themselves as the "Warlocks" for a two-night run. A popular rumor is that the Grateful dead "tricked" the city of Hampton by playing under this pseudonym, but in reality it was arranged with the city, with one condition being the alternate billing. The second condition was that tickets would go on sale locally at the Hampton Coliseum box office before the general on-sale date. The upcoming event was widely covered in local news programs airing the day of the local ticket on-sale date, specifically mentioning the Grateful Dead, which led to many locals being able to attend a show that would normally be sold-out within minutes. During the concert the band played two rare songs: " Dark Star", which hadn't been played live since 1984 (in 359 shows), and " Attics of My Life", which had not been played live since 1972 (in 1095 shows). The last two Grateful Dead shows at the Coliseum in 1992 were booked as " Bruce Hornsby and Friends", again under the condition that the shows not be billed as the Grateful Dead. The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Coliseum on 18 and 19 December 1981, with the first night being the first ever live cable television concert broadcast, viewed in fifteen cities. The videos for the live singles " Going To A Go-Go" and " Time Is On My Side" were filmed at this show. The Coliseum is also the final venue that late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton played in the United States, before his September 1986 death in Ljungby, Sweden. They were supporting Ozzy Osbourne on his tour to support "The Ultimate Sin" and was seen as a metaphorical "passing of the heavy metal torch", as Metallica were seen that early in their career as being the future of heavy metal. On their "Black Album" Tour of 1992, Metallica invited MTV's crew to film footage that would later be used on an MTV special akin to VH1's "Behind The Music" chronicling their career to that point: this special is notable for the fact that Kirk Hammett, very emotionally and hesitatingly, reveals the circumstances behind the redistribution of sleeping bunks on the Metallica tour bus following their concert in Stockholm, Sweden. The redistribution of sleeping arrangements on the bus was critical to Cliff being killed in the accident later that night, as Burton had occupied the bunk previously occupied on the tour by Hammett. Mötley Crüe played there in August 1987, on their world famous "Girls Girls Girls" Tour. The following year, their opening act, Whitesnake, played there again, only as a headliner this time. Also, Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale married the "cover girl" of their 1987 videos, Tawny Kitaen, on February 17, 1989 and played the Hampton Coliseum on their one-year anniversary on their "Liquor And Poker" tour supporting the album Slip Of The Tongue. The Coliseum is also notable as the location of the last of the three performances of The Dalton Brothers, a spoof country band portrayed by U2 that served as their own opening act during some stops on The Joshua Tree Tour in 1987. In 1989, supporting Bon Jovi, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row was arrested for public indecency. Whitney Houston was scheduled to perform during her I'm Your Baby Tonight World Tour on July 5, 1991, with After 7 as her opening act, but the show was canceled, due to low ticket sales. Rush were scheduled to perform during their Counterparts Tour on April 27, 1994, but the show was canceled. Phish has played the Coliseum 15 times. After their inaugural performance on November 25, 1995, they returned on October 25, 1996, and Trey Anastasio declared from the stage, "Sometimes people ask me what the uh, best rooms that we play are ah, in are. This is pretty much it, for me. Just so you know to answer the question. Good sound. Everyone gets to go where they want on the floor. You can't beat it." They returned in the fall of 1997 and played two of the most highly regarded shows of their career. Phish then recorded their live album, Hampton Comes Alive , at the Coliseum in 1998, to which they referred the venue as the "Mothership". During Phish's first hiatus return, they played a three-night stand at Hampton on January 2”“4, 2003. One "final" Hampton show was added at the last minute on August 9, 2004 on their "final tour" on the way to the Coventry Festival. Following a four-year hiatus and the official breakup of the band, Phish reunited again and returned to the stage on March 6, 2009 at the Coliseum. That performance, along with their performances on March 7 and 8, brought their total number of performances at the Coliseum to 15. Phish will not return to the Coliseum for three shows on May 27, 28, and 29 to kick of their 2011 summer tour. On New Year's Eve 1996, The Dave Matthews Band recorded, Live Trax Vol. 7 at the venue.


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