Monterrey Arena

Arena Monterrey is an indoor arena in Monterrey, Mexico. It is primarily used for concerts, shows and indoor sports like indoor soccer or basketball. It used to be the home arena of the Monterrey Fury indoor soccer team and the Fuerza Regia, a professional basketball team in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional and the Monterrey La Raza, a team in the NISL.

The Arena Monterrey is owned by Publimax S.A. de C.V. (TV Azteca Northeast), part of the Avalanz Group, who owns 80% and by TV Azteca who owns 20%. The arena is 480,000 square feet (45,000 m²) in size.

History

The project of the arena started on 1989 when the Asociacion para el Fomento de Deporte y Recreacion A.C, led by the businessmen Jorge Lankenau and Hernan Garza presented the project to the then president Carlos Salinas. The project gained support from the Government of the State of Nuevo León who gave the land for the arena to be constructed within the limits of Fundidora Park.

The arena was originally planned to begin construction in May 1992, and finished by 1993, but the construction actually started on January 1994, and was planned to be finished by 1996. However due the 1994 economic crisis in Mexico, on May 1995 the project suffered a slowdown in the construction industry and finally came to a complete halt by 1996, due the lack of economic resources.

In April 2001 the Government of the State of Nuevo León invited 11 groups of investors to discuss the possibilities of restarting the construction of the arena. On June 1, 2001 the government announced that there were only 5 groups of investors willing to take over the debt and finish up the project and 2 weeks later, Publimax S.A. de C.V. was announced winner of the contest because it was the group with the most money eager to invest in the project (50 million USD). Before the construction was restarted, Hernán Garza accused the government of illegally revoking the concession that was given to him to build and finish the project. The government revoked the concession because of the halt of the project in 1995, but Garza alleged that the economic crisis obliged him to stop it for some time. This, among other problems such as the government delay in giving full control of the arena and Publimax rejecting to do any investment until the control was fully given (which happened in July 2002), caused the project to restart by the end of 2002 with an estimated finish date by the first trimester of 2004.

However, by the last trimester of 2003 the project was almost completed and the first event in the arena took place on Thursday November 27, 2003, with a concert performed by Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel.

Major events
International summits
  • Press Center for the Monterrey Special Summit of the Americas - January 2004
Sports events
  • First WNBA game outside the United States: Detroit Shock vs San Antonio Silver Stars - May 2004
  • Pre-season NBA Games: Denver Nuggets vs Golden State Warriors - October 2006 and Philadelphia 76ers vs Phoenix Suns - October 2009.
  • In 2004 World Wrestling Entertainment made its debut in Mexico with WWE RAW: Wrestlemania XX Revenge Tour in Monterrey.
  • The first WWE Raw house show took place on April 3, 2004; after the huge success by the Mexican fans,Raw returned on November of that same year. The SmackDown brand debuted on January 2006 with a sellout.
  • In October 2008, SmackDown made its return, and ECW its Arena Monterrey debut, with the Survivor Series Live Tour with two dates; October 16 and 17.
  • TNA also had a House show in November 2006.In December 2007 TNA was supposed to have a house show in Arena Monterrey, but for some reason it was cancelled.
Concerts
  • Juan Gabriel - November 27, 2003 and November 20–22, 2008
  • Luis Miguel - February 20–23, 2004, March 2–5, 2006 and February 19–22, 2009
  • KISS - August 14–15, 2004
  • The Cure - September 2004
  • Dream Theater - September 22, 2004, with Yes
  • The Backstreet Boys - October 19, 2004, March 12, 2008, March 9, 2009 and March 18, 2011
  • Yanni - December 4, 2004
  • Duelo - 2005
  • Duran Duran - February 23, 2005
  • America - March 16, 2005
  • The Little River Band - May 2005
  • La Academia's Fourth Generation finale - July 3, 2005
  • The Eagles - November 4, 2005
  • Ricky Martin - November 17, 2005, March 30-31 and September 15-16, 2007 and May 21-23, 2011
  • Def Leppard - November 19, 2005
  • Green Day - December 3, 2005
  • Mötley Crüe - March 22, 2006 and October 7, 2008
  • Mägo de Oz - April 2006 and June 1, 2008
  • U.D.O. - April 2006
  • Cage - April 2006
  • The Black Eyed Peas - April 2006
  • Depeche Mode - May 7, 2006, with She Wants Revenge and October 6, 2009
  • Hilary Duff - May 16, 2006 and January 12, 2008
  • Poison - August 2006
  • Meat Loaf - November 2006
  • Morrissey - November 2006
  • The Pet Shop Boys - November 16, 2006 and September 29, 2009
  • INXS - November 23, 2006
  • Andrea Bocelli - December 2006
  • The Killers - December 12, 2006 and November 3, 2009
  • Placebo - March 14, 2007
  • Il Divo - March 19, 2007 and June 18, 2009
  • WarCry - May 5, 2007
  • Guns N' Roses - June 2, 2007 and October 23, 2011
  • Beyoncé - July 11, 2007
  • Gwen Stefani - July 13, 2007
  • Scorpions - August 17, 2007, September 21, 2008 and September 4, 2010
  • Lola...Érase una vez - August 31, 2007
  • Heaven & Hell - September 1, 2007, with Down
  • The Doors - October 3, 2007
  • Incubus - October 17, 2007
  • Daft Punk - November 2, 2007
  • Evanescence - November 7, 2007
  • The Police - November 27, 2007, with Fiction Plane
  • Toto - February 5, 2008
  • Maná - February 7–8 and May 8, 2008
  • Deep Purple - February 14, 2008 and February 24, 2011
  • Iron Maiden - February 22, 2008
  • Bob Dylan - February 29, 2008
  • Café Tacuba - March 28, 2008
  • Korn - April 11, 2008, with Black Label Society
  • Enrique Iglesias - April 26, 2008
  • Ennio Morricone - May 29, 2008
  • Sin Bandera - May 31, 2008
  • Roberto Carlos - June 13, 2008 and May 15, 2010
  • Menudo - June 18, 2008
  • Alizée - June 25, 2008
  • The Electric Light Orchestra - June 28, 2008
  • Muse - July 16, 2008
  • Disney On Ice - August 7–10, 2008
  • Lupita D'Alessio - August 15, 2008
  • Wisin y Yandel - August 30, 2008
  • Vanessa Hudgens and Mandy Moore - September 9, 2008
  • Simple Plan - October 2, 2008
  • Amanda Miguel and Diego Verdaguer - October 3, 2008
  • Gloria Trevi - October 4, 2008
  • Joan Sebastian - October 11, 2008
  • Kanye West, Rihanna, N.E.R.D and Lupe Fiasco - October 18, 2008
  • Drake Bell - October 19, 2008 and June 18, 2010
  • Stone Temple Pilots and Nine Inch Nails - October 21, 2008
  • Ricardo Montaner - October 23–24, 2008
  • Judas Priest - October 27, 2008, with Testament
  • Juanes - November 1, 2008
  • Maroon 5 - November 2, 2008
  • Sarah Brightman - November 4, 2008 and October 11, 2009
  • Miguel Bose - November 13, 2008
  • Emmanuel - November 15, 2008
  • Alejandra Guzmán - November 18, 2008 and February 13, 2010
  • Oasis - November 29, 2008
  • Hi-5 - November 30, 2008
  • New Kids on the Block - December 4, 2008, with Lady Gaga
  • Intocable - December 5–6, 2008
  • Tiësto - December 12, 2008
  • Celine Dion - December 13, 2008
  • Tatiana - December 14, 2008
  • Rihanna - January 22, 2009
  • Moderatto - January 29, 2009
  • Ha-ash - February 13, 2009
  • Alanis Morissette - February 18, 2009
  • Keane - February 28, 2009, with Mike Sierra
  • Enrique Bunbury - March 20, 2009
  • Santana - March 26, 2009
  • Peter Gabriel - March 31, 2009
  • The Jonas Brothers - July 31, 2009, with Jordin Sparks
  • Testament - September 12, 2009
  • Laura Pausini - October 12, 2009
  • Kings of Leon - October 24, 2009
  • Gloria Estefan - November 1, 2009
  • Faith No More - November 11, 2009
  • Paulina Rubio - November 18, 2009
  • REO Speedwagon - March 4, 2010, with Styx
  • Tokio Hotel - November 30, 2010
  • Journey - April 13, 2011, with The Sweet
  • Kylie Minogue - May 16, 2011
  • Yes - May 28, 2011
Others
  • Delirium (Cirque du Soleil) - April 2007
  • Nuestra Belleza Mexico 2008 - September 2008

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