U.S. Cellular Arena

U.S. Cellular Arena (originally Milwaukee Arena and formally MECCA Arena and Wisconsin Center Arena) is an indoor arena, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The arena, which seats as many as 12,700 people and offers 41,000 feet of floor space, is part of a larger downtown campus, that includes the Milwaukee Theatre and Frontier Airlines Center.

The arena was part of the MECCA Complex (The Milwaukee Exposition Convention Center and Arena) 1974-1995.

It is the current home of the Milwaukee Panthers, of the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

History

It opened in 1950 and was one of the first to accommodate the needs of broadcast television. It was folded into the MECCA complex when it opened in 1974. It is also known for its former unique basketball court painted by Robert Indiana in 1978, with large rainbow 'M's taking up both half-courts representing Milwaukee.

It was home to the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA from 1968-1988, and hosted the 1977 NBA All-Star Game before an audience of 10,938. The venue was also home to Marquette University's men's basketball team along with the International Hockey League Milwaukee Admirals. These teams all moved to the Bradley Center upon the newer arena's opening in 1988.

In 1994, the Wisconsin Center District (WCD), a state organization, was created in order to fund the Midwest Airlines Center, and, in 1995 the MECCA complex was folded into this, including the Arena (the Bradley Center is owned by a separate authority). Following a major overhaul in 1998, the arena is now home to the Milwaukee Panthers' men's college basketball team and the Milwaukee Wave of the Major Indoor Soccer League (including the 2006 MISL All-Star game) and is the Milwaukee venue for Disney on Ice. It has also hosted professional wrestling events, including WCW SuperBrawl II in 1992, WWF King of the Ring 1996, WCW Clash of the Champions in 1997, WWF Over the Edge in 1998 and WCW Mayhem in 2000. It was at the forementioned King Of The Ring card where "Stone Cold" Steve Austin first uttered his now-famous "Austin 3:16" catchphrase.

The WCD added the Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame alongside the U.S. Cellular Arena in 2001. At the end of this public promenade is a Wisconsin Historical Marker noting the location where Christopher Sholes invented the first practical typewriter, featuring the QWERTY keyboard layout.

As the MECCA, the building hosted the 1984 NCAA Mideast first and second round games. The U.S. Cellular Arena has hosted all or part of every Horizon League men's basketball conference tournament since 2003.

In 2008 it became home to the Milwaukee Bonecrushers of the Continental Indoor Football League.

On August 7, 2010, the arena hosted an Arena Football League playoff game between the Milwaukee Mustangs and the Chicago Rush. The Iron played its 2010 regular season home games at the Bradley Center, but renovations to that venue forced the home playoff games to be played at the U.S. Celluar Arena, where the Milwaukee Mustangs would go on to win.

Concerts
  • The Beatles - September 4, 1964
  • The Doors - November 1, 1968
  • Led Zeppelin - August 31, 1970 and July 10, 1973
  • Elvis Presley - 1971 and 1977
  • Fleetwood Mac - October 20, 1971, with Frank Zappa and Rory Gallagher, August 15, 1975 and June 24, 1976
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer - August 11, 1972, with Wishbone Ash
  • Yes - September 24, 1972, August 17, 1976, September 1, 1977, April 26, 1979, March 10, 1984 and November 24, 1987
  • Alice Cooper - May 31, 1973, August 25, 1977, March 6, 1979 and February 10, 1987
  • Deep Purple - June 10, 1973 and December 11, 1974, with Elf and The Electric Light Orchestra
  • Bachman–Turner Overdrive - April 7, 1975, with Thin Lizzy and Bob Seger
  • Uriah Heep - August 24, 1975
  • The Allman Brothers Band - November 18, 1975, with Muddy Waters
  • KISS - February 4, 1976, February 1-2, 1977, September 24, 1979, February 10 and December 30, with Queensrÿche, 1984, January 20, 1986 and January 7, 1988
  • David Bowie - February 20, 1976 and March 24, 1978
  • Wishbone Ash - March 19, 1976
  • Aerosmith - July 8, 1976 and October 5, 1977, with Brownsville Station
  • ZZ Top - September 14, 1976 and October 1, 1982
  • Foghat - November 26, 1976 and February 16, 1978
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer - August 5, 1977 and October 22, 1986
  • Kansas - November 28, 1977, with Crawler and November 3, 1980
  • Black Sabbath - August 27, 1978, with Van Halen and October 9, 1980, with Blue Öyster Cult (Riot ensued after Geezer Butler was hit by a bottle)
  • Billy Joel - October 15, 1978
  • Rush - December 7, 1978, with Golden Earring, March 2, 1981, with Max Webster, October 9, 1982, with Rory Gallagher, June 24, 1984, with Marillion, March 24, 1986 and April 5, 1988, with The Rainmakers
  • Jethro Tull - April 19, 1979 and October 18, 1980
  • Van Halen - August 21, 1979, April 14, 1980, July 2, 1981 and August 16, 1982
  • Boston - 1979
  • Rick James - April 7, 1980, with Prince
  • Def Leppard - June 14, 1980, November 5, 1987, November 16, 1992 and March 29, 2002
  • Queen - September 10, 1980, with Dakota
  • Styx - June 9-10, 1981, May 23, 1983 and June 15, 2003, with Journey and REO Speedwagon
  • The Jacksons - August 26, 1981
  • Bob Dylan - October 16-17, 1981, October 30, 1999, with Phil Lesh and Friends and October 28, 2001
  • Genesis - November 16, 1981 and November 10, 1983
  • AC/DC - November 17, 1981
  • Prince - December 26, 1981, with The Time and April 7, 1983, with The Time and Vanity 6
  • Frank Sinatra - 1982
  • The Who - December 7, 1982
  • Phil Collins - February 3, 1983
  • Robert Plant - August 31, 1983, June 1, 1988 and November 9, 1993
  • The Police - February 20, 1984
  • Tina Turner - September 14, 1984 and September 14, 1985
  • Iron Maiden - December 19, 1984 and March 8, 1987
  • R.E.M. - August 6, 1985
  • Mötley Crüe - October 30, 1985, October 17, 1997 and March 12, 2005
  • Dire Straits - 1985
  • Ozzy Osbourne - April 6, 1986, with Metallica
  • Journey - September 26, 1986
  • Roger Waters - November 13, 1987
  • Metallica - November 22, 1988, with Queensrÿche
  • The Grateful Dead - April 15-16, 1989
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and Jeff Beck - October 27, 1989
  • Queensrÿche - March 11 and May 11, 1991 and April 29, 1995
  • Bryan Adams - November 14, 1992
  • Nirvana - October 26, 1993, with Jawbreaker and Mudhoney
  • Tupac Shakur - September 3, 1994
  • No Doubt - April 19, 1996
  • 311 - August 14, 1997, with Spearhead
  • Nine Inch Nails - April 18, 2000, with A Perfect Circle
  • Green Day - November 9, 2004, with My Chemical Romance
  • Josh Groban - February 19, 2005
  • Relentless7 - November 2, 2008, with Tenacious D, The Beastie Boys and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • The Cheetah Girls - December 5, 2008, with Clique Girlz
  • Daughtry - April 7, 2010, with Cavo, Theory of a Deadman, Lifehouse and Kris Allen

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