The Maverik Center, originally known as the E Center, is a 12,000 seat multi-purpose arena located in West Valley City, Utah, United States. Construction on the arena started in 1996 and was completed in time to hold its first event on September 22, 1997. The arena is owned by West Valley City, and managed by Centennial Management Group, Inc.
|Former names||E Center (1997–2010)|
|Location||3200 South Decker Lake Drive|
West Valley City, Utah
|Owner||City of West Valley City|
|Operator||Centennial Management Group, Inc.|
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 10,100|
Concerts: up to 12,000
|Broke ground||March 22, 1996|
|Opened||September 22, 1997|
|Construction cost||US$54.1 million|
($84.4 million in 2018 dollars)
Valentiner, Crane, Brunjes, Onyon
|Structural engineer||Reaveley Engineers & Associates Inc.|
|Services engineer||Colvin Engineering Associates|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
|Utah Grizzlies (IHL/AHL) (1997–2005)|
Utah Freezz (WISL) (1999–2001)
Utah Warriors (NIFL) (2003–2004)
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) (2005–present)
Utah Blaze (AFL) (2010)
Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (IFL) (2017)
During the 2002 Winter Olympics it served as the main venue for the ice hockey events, and as the venue for ice sledge hockey during the 2002 Winter Paralympics. Today the arena is home to the Utah Grizzlies, and it is also a major venue in the area for numerous concerts and live touring productions.
In July 1995, only a month after winning the 2002 Winter Olympic bid, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) accepted a proposal from West Valley City to build a new ice hockey facility in their city. SLOC loaned $7 million to the city for construction costs, and would rent the arena from the city during the Olympic Games. The arena would be funded through a variety of ways, but would be owned by the municipality of West Valley City, and used for various events before and after the games. Ground was broken for the arena on March 22, 1996, and construction was completed in September 1997; the E Center was officially dedicated in a ceremony on September 19, 1997. The first event held in the new venue was WCW's Monday Nitro Live on September 22, 1997, notable for being the in-ring debut of Bill Goldberg.
In 2010, Centennial Management Group and West Valley City, announced that a new partnership (which included naming rights) had been reached with Maverik, Inc., owners of convenience stores throughout the Intermountain West. The sponsorship deal is a multi-year agreement, which included exclusive sponsorship and advertising rights, prominent signage on the exterior and interior of the building, along with a name change to the Maverik Center. Additionally, the venue now features Maverik's proprietary "adventure theme", a Maverik concession outlet, and exclusively sells a number of Maverik proprietary products.
In indoor football, the arena previously hosted the Utah Warriors of the National Indoor Football League from 2003 to 2004. In the 2010 season, the E Center became the home for the re-launched Arena Football League's version of the Utah Blaze (formerly the Utah Valley Thunder) that ceased operations when the AFL declared bankruptcy and suspended operations in 2009. However, the Blaze returned to their old home at the EnergySolutions Arena for the 2011 season. In 2017, the arena was used for the home games of the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles, a team in the Indoor Football League that used fan interaction to help run the team.
2002 Winter Olympics and Paralympics
The arena served as one of the venues for ice hockey during the 2002 games, with events spread out during six days in 31 sessions. The indoor facility was capable of holding 8,400 spectators, plus press members, during the competitions. 96.7% of available tickets were sold, for a total of 230,657 spectators witnessing events in the arena. During the 2002 Winter Paralympics the arena hosted the ice sledge hockey events.
As part of their performance at the arena on November 2, 1998, Phish performed Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon album in its entirety. Depeche Mode performed at the arena three times: the first one was on July 23, 2001 during their Exciter Tour. The second one was on November 12, 2005 during their Touring the Angel. The third one was on August 25, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a crowd of 6,601 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe. One Direction and Sam Smith performed in the arena in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
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