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Now Known As Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Date Opened 1964
Venue Capacity 8,800
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Venue Address 777 Ward Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814

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The Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu near Waikīkī is the premier community center for the City & County of Honolulu. Constructed in 1964 on the historic Ward Estate and originally called the Hawaiʻi International Center, the center was renamed after Mayor of Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell. The multi-purpose complex is composed of an internationally renowned arena, concert hall, conference rooms, galleria and exhibition hall. It was remodeled and expanded in 1994. It is also the home of the Hawaii Basketball League Honolulu Bandits.

The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena is a circular performance facility used for concerts and major sporting events. The arena can accommodate 7,700 seats for sports events, and up to 8,800 seats for stage events with seats set up on the arena floor.

Currently, the arena is home to the Hawaii Hurricanes of the American Basketball Association's current incarnation. It was previously home to two indoor football teams (the Honolulu Hurricanes and the Hawaii Hammerheads), and most recently the af2's Hawaiian Islanders.

Elvis Presley sold out concerts at the arena in the 1960s and 1970s, the world famous "Aloha from Hawaii" concert was held here in January of 1973. Recent concerts featured Elton John, Bon Jovi, No Doubt, Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, *NSYNC, LeAnn Rimes, Jimmy Buffett, and most recently two sold out Gwen Stefani concerts. Other events at the arena include World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, college basketball and volleyball, and international gymnastics.

It served as the home court for University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa basketball until UH built the Stan Sheriff Center on campus in 1994. Many graduation and commencement ceremonies are held by schools in the arena in late May and June.

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