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Date Opened January 21, 198
Venue Capacity 12,000
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Venue Address 201 E Gregory Street
Pensacola, FL 32501

Venue Information

The Pensacola Civic Center is an indoor arena located in Pensacola, Florida. It is owned by Escambia County and operated by SMG Managementthe, world's largest private management company for public facilities. The Civic Center has a capacity of 8,150 for hockey games, and as much as 12,000 for non-hockey events. The arena contains 23,000 square feet of space and 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

Since opening its doors in 1985, The Pensacola Civic Center has hosted some of the biggest names in the entertainment business, from Cher to Kiss, to Elton John, to Kenny Chesney.

On February 27, 1990, Janet Jackson opened her Rhythm Nation World Tour in Pensacola. The tour's dress rehearsal at the Pensacola Civic Center Tickets Issued 7.600 to the public as a benefit to local charity, Which sold out in less than an hour.

KISS was the first band to perform at the arena, and continues to make Pensacola a destination on its North American tours.

Perhaps the biggest concert ever at the PCC never took place, Michael Jackson used the venue to rehearse for his Bad World Tour for nearly a month in 1987, but did not perform a public concert at the PCC. Many other large touring acts, including AC/DC, Page & Plant, David Bowie, Rush & Van Halen have used the PCC for pre-tour rehearsals in the past, thanks to the venue's relatively inexpensive rental rates and availability for extended occupation. Unlike Jackson, most acts play a full public show at the PCC before continuing with their tours.

On March 9, 1994, the Pensacola Civic Center hosted the largest Rock for Choice concert in history, which was organized by the band L7 and headlined by Pearl Jam. In March 2000, Britney Spears kicked off her Crazy 2K Tour.

The largest attendance for a concert was over 12,000 for AC/DC in 1988 and Bon Jovi in 1989.

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