Verizon Wireless Arena
Verizon Wireless paid for the arena's naming rights. The facility was originally known simply as the Civic Arena, and this name still appears on most of the directional signs around town.

Sporting events
The arena is home to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and the former home of the Manchester Wolves of the now disbanded af2. The University of New Hampshire men's hockey team also plays some of their home games there, annually against Dartmouth College in the Battle for the Riverstone Cup, and less frequently against other Hockey East rivals. The Verizon has hosted the 2005 AHL All-Star Game, WWE Backlash in 2005, and the NCAA Men's Frozen Four Northeast Regional tournament in 2004, 2007 and 2009. UNH is scheduled to play host to the NCAA Ice Hockey Northeast Regional tournament again in 2011 and 2013. State high school basketball and hockey championships have been held in the arena. Both the Boston Celtics of the NBA and the Boston Bruins of the NHL regularly play preseason games at the arena.

Other events
Even though the arena is considered "small", it has hosted concerts by major artists. In December 2007, Sen. Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey appeared at a campaign rally at the arena, drawing over 8,000 people to one of the largest political events in New Hampshire history. Obama also appeared at the arena in May 2007 to speak at the Southern New Hampshire University commencement. Hillary Clinton appeared at the arena in June 2007, to speak at the Manchester Central High School graduation. The iconic band Phish appeared at the Arena on October 26, 2010 in their first appearance in the state of New Hampshire since May 8, 1993 when they appeared at the University of New Hampshire Fieldhouse. The FIRST Robotics Competition holds its main regional competition, the BAE Systems Granite State Regional, in the arena every year.

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