North Charleston Coliseum
The North Charleston Coliseum is an 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena in North Charleston, South Carolina. The coliseum is part of the North Charleston Convention Center Complex, which also includes a Performing Arts Center. The Coliseum was built in 1993 (the Performing Arts Center and Convention Center opened in 1999), and is located on the access road to the Charleston International Airport. It is widely known for its resemblance to a pineapple, a popular Charleston fruit. The Coliseum is the current home of the South Carolina Stingrays, a minor professional ice hockey team that plays in the ECHL. When construction first began on the arena there were no plans to include ice-making equipment. However after an ECHL franchise was awarded for the city of North Charleston, the city council approved the funds required for the installation of an ice surface into the building that was already well under construction. The Stingrays began play there as soon as the Coliseum opened. In addition to the Stingrays, the arena also hosts concerts, comedy shows and various other events. It is also the alternate home arena for the Charleston Southern University basketball team. Typically, Charleston Southern University uses the Coliseum for non-conference games that draw audiences greater than their home arena's 798-seat capacity, such as cross-town rivals College of Charleston and The Citadel. Furthermore, its size allows them to play major conference teams such as Virginia Tech at home (some major conference arenas do not seat 10,000). In addition, The North Charleston Coliseum has hosted the Big South Conference (1993”“94) and the Southern Conference basketball tournaments. The Coliseum has also served as the venue for several televised events, which include: WWF In Your House pay-per-view (1996), WCW Uncensored (1997), Shania Twain (2004), PBR Built Ford Tough Series (2006), Wheel of Fortune (2006), and American Idol auditions (2007). Other major concerts and events include: Oprah Winfrey (2006) and Walking with Dinosaurs (2008). An ambitious expansion project was approved for financing by the city of North Charleston in 2009. The expansion consists of extensions built onto the Coliseum's north and south entrances, increasing concourse space by 20,000 square feet (1,900 m 2) and adding up to 40 additional points of sale for concessions. Additionally, the expansion will allow for renovation of existing suites and upgrades to the Coliseum's sound system, spotlights, and rigging bridges. Construction on the south side extension, dubbed Montague Terrace, is expected to commence in July 2010, with the north side extension to follow in 2011. The North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston Convention Center, and the North Charleston Performing Arts Center are owned by the city of North Charleston and managed by SMG.


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