Neal S. Blaisdell Arena History
Since 1964 when the venue first opened as the Honolulu International Center, the
Neal S. Blaisdell Arena has been one of the most popular destinations in Hawaii. While concerts certainly make up the majority
of the schedule at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena these days, basketball games are still occasionally held inside the popular arena.
The venue is one part of the larger Neal S. Blaisdell Center which, in addition to the much loved arena, boasts conference
rooms, an exhibition hall, a galleria, and a concert hall. The whole complex was expanded and remodeled in 1994 and now is
among the largest and most state of the art venues in all of Hawaii.
Neal S. Blaisdell Arena Events
Neal S. Blaisdell Arena has long been the place to catch some thrilling sports events including arena football and college
basketball games, as well as international gymnastics, college volleyball, professional bull riding, and Harlem Globetrotters
and ABA basketball. However, there is much more than just sports events held at the arena. There have been Sesame Street Live
performances, WWE Events, American Idol Live, Disney on Ice, Billy Graham crusades, and circuses. These days the venue is
most well known known for concerts as it brings in many of the biggest musical artists in the world when they come to Hawaii
including Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, the Florida Georgia Line, and many more. It is more than likely that if there is a big
time event coming to Honolulu it is being held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena.
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
S. Blaisdell Arena is capable of holding slightly more than 8,000 fans for games or concerts and is an ideal place to enjoy
a world class performer when they stop by Honolulu. After its remodel and expansion, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena was turned into
a state of the art arena that has been able to attract some of the biggest stars in the music biz along with plenty of other
world class sporting events and ice shows.
The arena is well known as the site of the Aloha from
Hawaii Elvis Presley 1973 concert and visitors can be reminded of that legendary performance by paying a visit to the Elvis
statue located outside the area. In 1982 the arena was home to one of the most shocking upsets ever in the history of NCAA
hoops when local university Chaminade upended Ralph Sampson and the number one ranked Virginia Cavaliers.