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.
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 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.
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.