The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is another exploring area in Long Beach, California. It is a conventional center built near to the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium which was started in 1962. The Convention and entertainment center is divided in different venues in which primary venues of the center include:
Previously, Long Beach Arena was the first building to be completed in the convention and entertainment center. You can book the area also. It can be shift as per the match. There is capacity decided which is as follows: The capacity for hockey is 11,200, 13,609 for basketball and for concerts it can be 4,550, 9,200 or 13,500. Whole it depends on the seating chart. The arena has already hosted various entertainments. The arena has also hosted professional and college sporting events. But the most notable events were the volleyball events of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games. But especially the arena features 46,000 square feet (4300 m²) of space for trade shows with an additional 19,000 square feet of space which was allocated in the lobby and more than 29,000 square feet was allocated in the concourse. There is an 11 by 15 foot SACO Smart vision LED Wall located on the south end of the arena.
The arena was actually the site of the first NHL game which involves an expansion team. It was just because, The Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers, both expansion teams, played the match here on October 14, 1967. The result of the match was 4–2 which was won by Kings. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of their expansion season while The Forum was being completed. The arena hosted several games of the Los Angeles Sharks, of the WHA and regular appearances of the Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller derby team during the 70’s. There is also one thing related to area which was during 1980-81, that the arena was also home to the California Surf of the NASL for one season of indoor soccer. The arena was home to the former Long Beach Ice Dogs team, which played professional ice hockey in the IHL, WCHL and ECHL.
There was a famous concert happened on July 31, 1980 where The Eagles performed during a benefit concert for California Senator Alan Cranston on what has been described as “Long Night at Wrong Beach”. Tempers boiled over as Glenn Frey and Don Felder spent the entire show telling each other about the beating each planned to administer backstage. Felder recalls Frey making a similar threat to him during “Best of My Love”. A live recording of their song “Life in the Fast Lane” from this show was included on their live album, entitled Eagles Live. This marked their final live performance, as The Eagles, for 14 years, until April 25, 1994.
The famous band performed on March 14 to 17 in 1985, the name was Iron Maiden. They performed four consecutive show during their World Slavery Tour. The show on the 15th was recorded and released as a double live-album, entitled live After Death.
The arena was also one of the sites of the 1986 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Rounds of 64 and 32. The teams, which played at the arena, included Maryland, Pepperdine & UNLV. Maryland’s Len Bias played his final collegiate game at the arena on March 14, 1986, in a loss to UNLV in the Round of 32. The arena was also the site of the Big West Conference men’s basketball tournament from 1989-1993. It was the home court for Long Beach State’s men’s basketball team for several seasons in the 70′s and 80′s.
Along the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is “Planet Ocean”, one of environmental artist Wyland’s Whaling Walls, which was dedicated on July 9, 1992, and covers 116,000 square feet. The mural depicts migratory gray whales and other aquatic life that can be found in the waters off Long Beach. In celebration of Earth Day in 2009, Wyland touched up the existing Whaling Wall and added a large mural of the earth on the roof of the arena.
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