Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena

The Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena (more commonly known as the Brown County Arena) is a 5,248-seat multi-purpose arena in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, situated on the corner of Lombardi Avenue and Oneida Street, across from Lambeau Field. The arena opened on November 11, 1958.[1] The arena is currently slated to close at an unspecified time during spring 2019 and be razed immediately after. Brown County officals are currently in the process of exploring options to replace the arena and the neighboring Shopko Hall with a new convention center.[2]

It was the city and county's main indoor venue until the Resch Center opened in 2002.

It also was the home arena for the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay basketball teams.

Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena
The Arena, Brown County Arena, The Vet
BrownCountyArenaMay2007
LocationAshwaubenon, Wisconsin, U.S.
Coordinates44°30′01″N 88°03′24″W / 44.50028°N 88.05667°WCoordinates: 44°30′01″N 88°03′24″W / 44.50028°N 88.05667°W
OwnerBrown County
OperatorPMI Entertainment Group
Capacity5,248
Construction
Broke ground1957
OpenedNovember 11, 1958
Construction cost$2 million
Tenants
Green Bay Bobcats (1958–1981)
UW–Green Bay Phoenix (NCAA) (1969–2002)
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) (1994–2002)
Green Bay Bombers (PIFL/IFL) (1998–2000)

Events

The arena hosted a breakfast for John F. Kennedy in 1960.[3]

Bigfoot 15 jumping at Brown County Arena 2015
The monster truck Bigfoot jumping inside the arena (2015)

It hosted the 1991 Mid-Continent Conference (now Summit League) men's basketball tournament and the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) men's basketball tournament in 1998.

The Arena continues to play host to concerts, ice shows, local sporting shows, high school graduations and other events, but has largely been phased out as a sports arena, because of its age and lack of seating. Most area sports teams that once used the arena now play home games in the newer Resch Center, which is right next door, though it remains in use as a secondary sports venue due to any scheduling conflicts at the Resch Center.

Brown County Arena played host to several WWF events in the 1980s and resuming again in the early 2000s, with house shows.

Pro wrestling

In the early 1990s the World Wrestling Federation would hold live events as well as WWF TV tapings in the arena. WCW would also go on to have many live events at the arena. In 1998 the WWF took a three year hiatus from the Brown County Arena. In January 2001 and in February 2002, the World Wrestling Federation returned with two house shows before leaving their older location for the brand new Resch Center.

The XWF held three live, house show type events in their first ever tour outside of the original tapings that took place at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. These events occurred in December 2001. One of the venues the XWF ran was the Brown County Arena. The other stops on the tour included Hammond Indiana and Milwaukee Wisconsin. Despite being an unknown company to nearly all who attended the XWF in Your Face House drew a large crowd with legends such as, Curt Hennig, The Road Warriors, the Nasty Boys and Rowdy Roddy Piper along with younger talent left over from the WWF's acquisition of WCW, including Vampiro, Buff Bagwell, and Norman Smiley. BCA also hosted AWA Wrestling before going out of business.

See also

References

  1. ^ History of Green Bay Hockey and the Bobcats, Green Bay's first Professional Hockey Team – Copper Country Hockey History.
  2. ^ "Brown County expo center: Get your first look at the drawings". Press Gazette Media. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Brown County arena leaves 60 years of memories". February 8, 2019.

External links

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1978 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament

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1981 NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament

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The "Hall" started off as a series of exhibits displayed in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, although it was not a permanent residence, as the exhibits had to be removed each autumn to make room for the Green Bay Bobcats hockey team, which played its home games at the Arena. In 1967, the Packer Hall of Fame Association, a separate corporate entity from the team, was founded and annual induction banquets were subsequently launched in 1970. The Hall did not become a permanent site until 1976 when its new home, an addition to the Brown County Veterans Arena, was formally dedicated on April 3, 1976, by President Gerald R. Ford. Outside of the Hall of Fame was a 'Receiver Statue' that was dedicated to the invention of the Forward Pass.

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It was named for executive Dick Resch of a local office furniture company KI Industries, which holds the arena's naming rights.

The arena was built next to the existing Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and across the street from Lambeau Field on a site formerly home to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame from 1976 until 2001.

The arena is inside the boundaries of Ashwaubenon, but holds a Green Bay address.

Shopko Hall

Shopko Hall is an exhibition hall in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, situated between the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena and the Resch Center. Shopko Hall opened in 1986 as the Brown County Expo Center, with the naming rights being purchased by Shopko. It is owned by Brown County and operated by PMI Entertainment Group.

Based on the facility's age and upcoming maintenance requirements, the Brown County Board of Supervisors has begun discussions on replacing Shopko Hall and the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena.

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