Toyota Center Kennewick -- Entertainment Center for the Tri-Cities
When music lovers, sports fans and convention-goers gather in Southeast Washington, more than likely they are meeting at Toyota Center Kennewick. Not only does it host big-time entertainment like Broadway shows and sporting events, it is also the premier convention center for companies, organizations and associations throughout the region.
Toyota Center Kennewick History
Formerly known as the Tri-Cities Coliseum, Toyota Center Kennewick opened as a hockey arena in the late 1980s. The city of Kennewick bought the property in August 2000, and added a second hockey rink to expand the facility. The two rinks were renamed as part of the new Three Rivers Campus in 2004. The following year, Toyota of Tri-Cities and Toyota USA combined efforts to sponsor the two buildings, renaming them the Toyota Arena and Toyota Center, still under the umbrella of the Three Rivers Campus complex.
Toyota Center Kennewick Events
The Toyota Center Kennewick hosts the home games of the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans, one of the league's original franchises in 1966, and the Indoor Football League's Tri-Cities Fever. It has also staged many Broadway shows including "Cinderella," "The Wizard of Oz," "The Sound of Music," "Dirty Dancing" and "The Buddy Holly Story." The facility is a popular venue for car shows, music concerts, circuses, banquets, trade shows and more.
Famous rock acts that have appeared at the Center include Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and Slipknot. Avenged Sevenfold, a heavy metal rock group from Huntington Beach, California, recently set the attendance record for any event in the building. Shinedown, a Florida-based rock group, filmed their live concert movie, "Madness from Washington State," at the Center. The movie was later broadcast on MTV Live.
Toyota Center Kennewick Seating Layout
The Toyota Center Kennewick is a popular site for rock concerts, with many of the hall attendance records being set by rock bands. The Toyota Center is able to modify its seating capacity to fit the requirements of the event, and can handle more than 7,700 fans cheering on their team or singing along with their favorite music artist.
Kennewick, Washington, is nestled in the southeastern portion of the state along the picturesque Columbia River. Kennewick is the largest of three towns known together as the Tri-Cities, with Pasco on the other side of the Columbia River, and Richland on the far shore of the Yakima River filling out the triumvirate. Outdoor activities are popular in the area due to quick access to pristine wilderness, popular campground areas and abundant wildlife. In town, revitalization efforts are paying off with new streetscapes and public artwork. Area residents converge in Kennewick every summer for the Water Follies boat races, which feature high-speed, hydroplane racing boats vying for the top spot. Like the Fox Theater in Spokane in the northeast part of the state, the Toyota Center is the home of culture and music in the region.
The Seattle Mariners had dibs on the Seattle Kingdome in 1990, so the Goodwill Games moved their hockey games to the Toyota Center Kennewick that year.
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