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Cumberland County Civic Center History

The Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine has hosted all kinds of live entertainment since the mid-1970s, when it first opened to the public. The official name of the venue is actually the George I. Lewis Auditorium at Cumberland County Civic Center, and the building cost $8 million at the time of construction. The venue was home to the ice hockey team the Portland Pirates until 2013, and over the years has also been home to the Maine Mariners, along with other great sporting events. This location has also been the site of many great music concerts over the years. In 1977 the band ZZ Top played the first ever show at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Musical great Elvis Presley was set to perform at the Cumberland County Civic Center later that year, but on the morning of the show's date The King was found dead at his home in Graceland. A major sporting event to occur at this venue took place in 1980 when the America East Conference men's basketball tournament was held at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Folks in the Portland, ME area know that they can find great sporting event and exhilarating music concerts on a regular basis at this venue.


Cumberland County Civic Center Events

The Cumberland County Civic Center is one of the premier entertainment venues located in Portland, ME, a great place to go to in order to find some of the biggest events in the state of Maine. This building has seen some incredible music concerts on stage over the years, and continues to host some of the biggest names in the music industry. Fans pack into this arena quite often to see top acts like Darius Rucker, but music is not the only thing to be enjoyed at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Sporting fans can see great games played by teams like the Harlem Globetrotters. There's something for everyone at this venue, and people all over the Portland area are well aware of that.


Portland, ME

Portland is a city located in the state of Maine, the largest city in the state. With a population of more than 300,000 people, Portland is a hotbed for cultural happenings in Maine. The greater metropolitan area of Portland boasts more than 500,000 residents, which account for more than a third of the state's population. Portland boats several state-of-the-art venues for live entertainment, and one venue that towers over the rest is the Cumberland County Civic Center, a place for sports as well as the performing arts. Visitors and residents alike know that this venue is a great place to be entertained by a variety of spectacles.


Cumberland County Civic Center Seating Layout

The Cumberland County Civic Center is a great place to take in a sporting event or a music concert. With more than 6,700 permanent seats, this venue provides a place where many people can take in a spectacle at once. For the largest concerts held at the Cumberland County Civic Center, 9,500 people can be accommodated. The arena floor has nearly 35,000 square feet of space, which makes this venue great for all kinds of events, from music concerts to trade shows.


Cumberland County Civic Center Trivia

What was the official opening date of the Cumberland County Civic Center?

The answer is March 3rd, 1977.

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