Von Braun CenterEdit profile
The Von Braun Center (VBC), formerly known as the Von Braun Civic Center (VBCC), is a multi-purpose indoor arena, meeting, and performing arts complex, with a maximum arena seating capacity of 10,000, located in Huntsville, Alabama. The VBC, in addition to the arena, features multiple exhibit halls, a concert hall, a playhouse and many other facilities, for meetings and exhibits. It is named in honor of Dr. Wernher von Braun, a former German rocket scientist who, after World War II, was brought to the United States Army's Redstone Arsenal and along with many of his colleagues, laid the foundation for the United States space program, which was deemed to have put Huntsville "on the map" in the mind of many of its citizens. Over the years it has hosted NBDL basketball, with the former Huntsville Flight; UAH Chargers ice hockey ( CHA); Oakwood University's Alumni Celebration, Huntsville Blast and Huntsville Channel Cats ice hockey, and Alabama Vipers arena football. Currently, it is the home of the Huntsville Havoc of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Alabama Hammers of the Southern Indoor Football League among other events. It was there that the UAH Chargers ice hockey team won two Division II hockey championships before their transition to Division I. On February 10, 2007, the Huntsville Havoc beat the Knoxville Ice Bears 7-6, in front of the largest crowd for a sporting event in the VBC's history, with 7,083 fans, in standing room only. It was the site of the first-ever Total Nonstop Action Wrestling card, which featured in-ring cameos by Toby Keith and Sterling Marlin. On October 23, 2008, it was announced that the VBC Arena would undergo a massive $15M renovation and would be renamed the Propst Arena, after the family that donated $5M to the city for the expansion. On Friday, February 5, 2010 a groundbreaking ceremony was held marking further renovations to what will be known as the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall.