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Now Known As Blue Cross Arena
Date Opened Oct. 18, 1955
Venue Capacity 12,428
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Venue Address 100 Exchange Blvd.
Rochester, New York 14614

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The Blue Cross Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Rochester, New York.

The arena was built on a downtown site that is bordered by Broad Street on the north, the Genesee River on the east and Court Street on the south. The property was formerly the home of the Kimball Tobacco Co. and other retail buildings. The arena was opened on October 18, 1955, and named the Rochester Community War Memorial. It was constructed in the style that was popular in the 1950s. The building included a full stage on the south end and an exhibition hall located on the basement level.

From 1996 to 1998, renovations to expand the arena took place. On September 18, 1998, the arena re-opened and was renamed The Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial. Rossetti architects designed this multi-million dollar face-lift.

Its maximum seating capacity is 12,428. For hockey and lacrosse, its seating capacity is 11,215.

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