|Tucson Convention Center|
|Tucson Community Center (1971-2002)|
|Banquet/ballroom||1,200 (Grand Ballroom)|
|8,962 (Tucson Arena)|
2,289 (Tucson Music Hall)
551 (Leo Rich Theater)
|o Total space||205,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)|
|o Exhibit hall floor||113,940 sq ft (10,585 m2)|
|o Breakout/meeting||10,640 sq ft (988 m2)|
|o Ballroom||20,164 sq ft (1,873.3 m2)|
|Public transit access|| Tucson Sun Link|
The Tucson Convention Center (previously named the Tucson Community Center) is a large multi-purpose convention center located in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Built in 1971, the location includes an 8,962-seat indoor arena, two performing arts venues, and 205,000 square feet (19,000 m2) of meeting space. The complex was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.
The University of Arizona Wildcats club hockey team currently plays at Tucson Arena. Although associated with the college, the team receives no funding directly from the school. The hockey team is a Division 1 member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association. Leo Golembiewski had been the head coach for the last 27 years, leading the team to 21 straight national tournaments with eight semi-final appearances and one national championship. The current coach is Chad Berman, in his first year with the team.
The Tucson Convention Center has been host to many other events including the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, Jehovah's Witnesses Regional Conventions, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, concerts, monster truck shows as well as many live WWE television broadcasts featuring Raw, SmackDown & ECW. In 1999, the arena hosted an Empty Arena match between The Rock and Mankind for the WWF Championship, which aired during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII.
The arena also hosted a concert played by Elvis Presley on November 9, 1972. He would return again on June 1, 1976.
Throughout 2014, the Tucson Convention Center was renovated at a cost of $22 million, via funding by the Rio Nuevo downtown redevelopment and revitalization district and the City of Tucson, including new bathrooms, lighting, seats, a revamped sound system, a new kitchen and a video scoreboard. Mike Love's Beach Boys headlined a January 4, 2015 concert at the venue, debuting the remodeled arena.