Liacouras Center

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The Peter J. Liacouras Center
"The Apollo", "The Pete"
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Liacouras Center
Former namesThe Apollo of Temple (1997–2000)
Location1776 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Coordinates 39°58′47″N75°9′31″W / 39.97972°N 75.15861°W / 39.97972; -75.15861 Coordinates: 39°58′47″N75°9′31″W / 39.97972°N 75.15861°W / 39.97972; -75.15861
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Owner Temple University
Operator Global Spectrum
Capacity 10,206 [1]
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 25, 1996
OpenedNovember 11, 1997
Construction cost$73 million
($116 million in 2019 dollars [2] )
ArchitectVitetta Group
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
General contractorLF Driscoll [3]
Tenants
Temple Owls (NCAA) (1997–present)
Philadelphia KiXX (MISL) (2009–2010)
Philly Roller Derby (WFTDA) (2005present)
Website
http://www.liacourascenter.com/

The Liacouras Center [4] is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose venue which opened in 1997 and was originally named "The Apollo of Temple". The arena was renamed in 2000 for Temple University President, Peter J. Liacouras. It is part of a $107 million, four-building complex along North Broad Street on the Temple University campus in North Philadelphia. The Liacouras Center is the largest indoor, public assembly venue in Philadelphia north of City Hall.

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History

During the 1980s, Temple basketball coach John Chaney sought to raise the profile of the men's basketball program through aggressively scheduling top-tier, out of conference opponents. Some programs, however, scoffed at the idea of playing at Temple's 3,900-seat on-campus arena, McGonigle Hall. Temple's President at the time, Peter J. Liacouras, supported the idea of a larger basketball facility in hopes of building Temple's national presence. Temple considered several locations and a site was purchased in 1988 for $7.3 million. [5] The state of Pennsylvania awarded Temple $31.1 million in October 1992, despite disagreements between Chaney and then-City Council president John Street.

The project was approved in 1995, with a January 25, 1996 groundbreaking. [6] Two nationally recognized architectural firms designed the building: Vitetta Group [7] of Philadelphia, and Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates of Atlanta. The 340,000 sq ft (32,000 m2) venue opened in the 1997-98 season. [8] The first game played was a 76-61 Temple win over #18 Fresno State.

The venue was originally named The Apollo of Temple. The name changed to the Liacouras Center just prior to Liacouras' retirement on February 13, 2000. [1]

The Liacouras Center is managed by Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor. The Liacouras Center is Philadelphia's largest indoor venue north of City Hall and hosts home games for all of Temple men's basketball, along with some women's games. As of the end of the 2016-17 season, the Owls have amassed a 206-69 record in the building. The Esther Boyer Theater at the Liacouras Center is a small theater setup of 1,000 to 5,000 seats for more intimate presentations. The complex also houses the Independence Blue Cross Recreation Center (IBC), which includes a gym, basketball court, racquetball courts, and more. The IBC opened in the spring semester of 1998. [9] The fourth building in the complex is a 1,200-space parking garage.

Use beyond basketball

Besides hosting Temple basketball games, the Liacouras Center is a full entertainment arena featuring concerts, family shows, Philadelphia KiXX games, Philly Roller Derby bouts, a full range of concerts, dramatic presentations, and family shows. Additionally, several high school graduations, as well as university graduations and convocation ceremonies, are held there.

On October 16, 2019 All Elite Wrestling held its third televised professional wrestling event at the Liacouras Center, broadcast on the TNT network in the United States. [10]

In March 2020, the Liacouras Center was transformed into a field hospital with 200 beds arranged on the court in anticipation of a surge in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and shortages in city hospitals. [11] At the end of April 2020, operations of the field hospital began winding down as the rate of new COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia began to decline. [12]

Past events

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December 2012
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February 2010

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