Mohegan Sun Arena
The Mohegan Sun Arena is a 9,518 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut located inside the Mohegan Sun resort and casino. The arena facility features 30,000 square feet (2,800 m 2) of configurable exhibition space and a 400-foot (120 m) clear span. It was built by the Perini Building company, and opened in 2001.

The arena originally served as home of the Mohegan Wolves arena football team until it was sold and moved to Manchester, New Hampshire in 2004. On January 28, 2003 the arena was announced publicly to be the official home court for the Connecticut Sun. Prior to the fall of 2002, the NBA operating model prevented any WNBA team to exist without an NBA "brother" counterpart. By the time the Connecticut Sun moved in, Val Ackerman was the WNBA president, M. Jodi Rell was the state's Lieutenant Governor and Mark L. Brown was the chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. While the arena is attached to the Mohegan Sun casino, the facility does not accept any form of sports wagering or sports booking; in fact, sports betting is illegal in Connecticut. The multi-purpose facility has hosted a wide variety of events; including the American Kennel Club, concerts from major Classical, Country, Jazz, Metal, Rap, Rock, and Pop acts, as well as sporting events such as WWE shows, PBR events, NCAA games, PBA tournaments, UFC bouts, World's Strongest Man Super Series Competition. Major network and cable television broadcasting companies, including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, ESPN and CNN have all produced events through this arena. On September 8, 2005, as a companion to the arena, the Mohegan Sun casino opened its first Connecticut Sun merchandise store called "Winter Essentials". It mainly sold Connecticut Sun WNBA team goods. It was the first store in the United States that sold professional basketball goods on casino ground. However, the store was closed when the casino underwent renovations in 2008. Connecticut Sun merchandise can now be purchased at the Clay Pipe store in the mall area.

As of 2006, the seatings can be configured into 5 common sports configurations. Basketball, boxing, bowling, rodeo, ping pong. It also can be reconfigured to fit 3 types of concerts: regular, fullhouse and round. The arena has won awards for being one of America's most modern concert venues.

Notable events
  • WNBA All-Star Game - (2005) , (2010)

Strength Athletics Grand Prix
Since 2005, the arena has hosted one of the premier international strongman Grand Prix events.

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Event Name 2005 Mariusz Pudzianowski Jessen Paulin Don Pope Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Final of WSM Super Series 2005 2006 Mariusz Pudzianowski Jesse Marunde Josh Thigpen Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Final of WSM Super Series 2006 2007 Mariusz Pudzianowski Kevin Nee Mark Felix Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Start of WSM Super Series 2007 2008 Derek Poundstone Mariusz Pudzianowski Terry Hollands Mohegan Sun Grand Prix Start of WSM Super Series 2008 2009 Derek Poundstone Travis Ortmayer Brian Shaw Mohegan Sun Grand Prix 2009 17 May 2009 Start of Giants Live 2009 2010 Derek Poundstone Brian Shaw Stojan Todorchev Mohegan Sun Grand Prix 2010 25 April 2010 Start of WSM Super Series 2010

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