"The Apollo", "The Pete"
|Former names||The Apollo of Temple (1997–2000)|
|Location||1776 North Broad Street|
Philadelphia, PA 19121
|Broke ground||January 25, 1996|
|Opened||November 11, 1997|
|Construction cost||$73 million|
($114 million in 2018 dollars )
Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
|General contractor||LF Driscoll|
| Temple Owls (NCAA) (1997–present)|
Philadelphia KiXX (MISL) (2009–2010)
Philly Roller Derby (WFTDA) (2005–present)
The Liacouras Center 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.is a 10,200-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
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The project was approved in 1995, with a January 25, 1996 groundbreaking. 340,000 sq ft (32,000 m2) venue opened in the 1997-98 season. The first game played was a 76-61 Temple win over #18 Fresno State.Two nationally recognized architectural firms designed the building: Vitetta Group of Philadelphia, and Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates of Atlanta. The
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.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. The fourth building in the complex is a 1,200-space parking garage.
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