Wolstein Center

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The Wolstein Center
(Goodman Arena)
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Wolstein Center
Former namesCSU Convocation Center (1991–2005)
Location2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Coordinates 41°29′57″N81°40′37″W / 41.49917°N 81.67694°W / 41.49917; -81.67694 Coordinates: 41°29′57″N81°40′37″W / 41.49917°N 81.67694°W / 41.49917; -81.67694
Owner Cleveland State University
Operator Cleveland State University
Capacity 15,000 with floor seats [1]
13,610 permanent seats
8,500 for CSU games [2]
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundAugust 1989
OpenedNovember 1, 1991
Construction cost USD$55 million
($130 million in 2020 dollars [3] )
Architect URS-Dalton Consultants, Cleveland, Whitley/Whitley Architects, Cleveland, OH
Tenants
Current:
Cleveland State Vikings (NCAA) 1991–present
Cleveland Charge (NBA G League) 2021–present
Former:
Cleveland Crunch/Force (NPSL/MISL) 19922005
Website
https://www.wolsteincenter.com/

The Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center is a 13,610-seat indoor arena located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States, on the campus of Cleveland State University (CSU). It is home to the Cleveland State Vikings men's and women's basketball teams and the Cleveland Charge of the NBA G League. [4] It was also the former home of the Cleveland Crunch and Cleveland Force of the NPSL and MISL. The building opened in 1991 as a replacement for Woodling Gym and was known until 2005 as the CSU Convocation Center. It is named for Bert Wolstein - a Cleveland area real estate developer, former owner of the Force, and CSU alumnus - and his wife Iris. The main arena is known as Henry J. Goodman Arena - named for a businessman and former chairman of the CSU Board of Trustees.

Contents

It seats 13,610 for basketball, and with additional floor seating can hold 15,000 for concerts and professional wrestling. [1] In addition to the arena, the Wolstein Center also has a practice gym and grand ballroom. It is the largest basketball arena in the Horizon League and the second-largest college basketball arena in Ohio by seating capacity.

In recent years, Cleveland State has downsized capacity for basketball to 8,500 for most Vikings games. The basketball floor is placed closer to the eastern baseline, and the western third of the arena is curtained off. For many games only lower-level seating is available and upper-level seating sections are covered with tarps, further reducing available seating. [5] The area behind the curtain is used for a variety of other purposes, including a "Kids Fun Zone" children's play area during games, and the curtain itself is adorned with various banners facing the court. [2]

The Wolstein Center has also hosted numerous concerts, featuring artists such as David Bowie, Elton John, Martina McBride, TLC, Carrie Underwood, Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, 311, The Beastie Boys, The Cure, and Twenty One Pilots. The arena was site of the 1998 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and served as host for first and second-round games of the 2000 and 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournaments as well as the 2019 NCAA Fencing Championships. [6] [7]

History

Interior view of the arena during a CSU men's basketball game in 2015 Wolstein Center interior.jpg
Interior view of the arena during a CSU men's basketball game in 2015

Construction on the Wolstein Center began in August 1989 in the aftermath of the team's run to the Sweet Sixteen in the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. [8] Prior to its opening, the team played at Woodling Gym on campus or (for higher profile games) at the 10,000-seat Public Auditorium. The arena was completed on November 1, 1991 at a cost of $55 million. The 13,610 seats made the Wolstein Center the largest arena in downtown Cleveland until the opening of Gund Arena in 1994, and it was the largest university-owned arena in Ohio until 1998 when Value City Arena opened at Ohio State University.

The main arena is named the Goodman Arena after Henry J. Goodman, former chairman of the Cleveland State board of trustees, while the building is named after Bert and Iris Wolstein, who donated $6.5 million towards the building's construction, the largest philanthropic gift in CSU history. The building also contains a practice gym, a 23,744 square feet (2,205.9 m2) grand ballroom, six-room conference center, and eight concession stands. In the arena, there is a 100-seat party loge located above the seating in the west baseline.

Other events

Basketball tournaments

Both the 1992 Mid-Continent Conference men's basketball tournament and the 2002 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament were held at the Wolstein Center, as well as being the site for first and second-round games of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, in 2000 and 2005.

In the 2005 tournament, the 12th-seeded Milwaukee Panthers and 7th-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers won both of their respective games played at the Wolstein Center to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Professional wrestling

The Wolstein Center also hosted multiple professional wrestling events from numerous companies, including WWE's Monday Night Raw on January 26, 2009, and Friday Night SmackDown on December 28, 2010. World Championship Wrestling (WCW) also held numerous events (including episodes of their flagship show WCW Monday Nitro ) at the center until WCW's folding in 2001.

Impact Wrestling's weekly Impact program taped two weeks worth of shows on August 29, 2013. [9] All Elite Wrestling (AEW) did a live broadcast of their flagship program AEW Dynamite at the arena on January 29, 2020.

Misceallaneous

The 1998 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships were held in the arena, won by the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The PBR's Bud Light Cup tour hosted a bull riding event at this venue in 2000 and 2001. [10]

NBC News held a Democratic Party presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on February 26, 2008 at the Wolstein Center. The debate was broadcast live on MSNBC, and was moderated by Brian Williams with Tim Russert. [11] [12]

The arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions in 2016. [13]

The arena hosted Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live in 2019 and 2020.

COVID-19 vaccination center

On March 5, 2021 Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced the Wolstein Center would host Ohio's first mass COVID-19 vaccination center, which ran from March 17 - June 7, 2021. [14]

Cleveland Charge

On June 9, 2021, the Cleveland Cavaliers' NBA G League affiliate Canton Charge announced they would relocate from Canton to play their home games at the Wolstein Center beginning in the 2021–22 season. The team was officially renamed the Cleveland Charge in July. [4] [15]

Management

Since 2015, the Wolstein Center has been managed in partnership with Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse staff works as a consultant to assist in promoting and booking events at both venues, while in return, select Vikings men's basketball games are played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse each season. [16]

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