Neal S. Blaisdell Arena

Neal S Blaisdell Arena

Neal S. Blaisdell Arena History

The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena first opened in 1964 in Honolulu, Hawaii as the Honolulu International Center and has been a fixture on the island for half a century. The arena is mostly used for concerts these days but also hosts basketball games. The arena is part of the greater Neal S. Blaisdell Center which in addition to the world renowned arena contains an exhibition hall, a concert hall, conference rooms, and a galleria. The entire complex was remodeled and expanded in 1994 and now stands as one of the largest and most state of the art arenas in all of Hawaii.


Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Events

The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena has hosted several big time college basketball games as well as arena football, college volleyball, international gymnastics, professional bull riding, and ABA and Harlem Globetrotters basketball. There is much more than just sports taking place in the arena however. There have been WWE events, Sesame Street Live events, Disney on Ice, American Idol Live, circuses, and Billy Graham crusades. These days the venue is best known for concerts as it hosts some of the biggest recording artists in the world when they come to Hawaii including Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, the Florida Georgia Line, and many others. Chances are, if there is a big event taking place near Honolulu it will be held at Beal S. Blaisdell Arena.


Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu is the capital of Hawaii and has plenty to offer visitors and residents alike. Of course there are the marvelous beaches, Diamond Head, Ala Moana Crater and all of the beauty you can experience by hiking around these areas or simply relaxing on the beach and listening to the waves. If you happen to be in Honolulu at the right time you could watch the NFL Pro Bowl or a big time college basketball tournament. Of course you cannot go to Honolulu without visiting the USS Arizona Memorial to pay tribute to the people lost during the Pearl Harbor attack.


Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Seating Layout

Neal S. Blaisdell Arena can hold just over 8,000 fans for concerts or games and is a perfect place to catch a big time performer when they come to Honolulu. After its expansion and remodel, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena became a state of the art center that was able to attract some of the brightest stars in the music biz along with plenty of other top level sporting events and ice shows.


Trivia

The arena was the site of the Aloha from Hawaii Elvis Presley concert in 1973 and there now stands a statue of The King outside the arena. The arena also served as the home of one of the biggest upsets in the history of college basketball in 1982 when Chaminade defeated Ralph Sampson and the top ranked Virginia Cavaliers. A tragedy occurred in the arena when an elephant named Tyke killed his trainer and ran outside of the arena where he was running around scared for a half an hour before being shot at 86 times and dying.

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