Wolstein Center

Wolstein Center
Wolstein Center
Goodman Arena
Wolstein Center Entrance.jpg
Former names CSU Convocation Center (1991–2005)
Location 2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Broke ground August 1989
Opened November 1, 1991
Owner Cleveland State University
Operator Global Spectrum
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $55 million USD
Architect URS-Dalton Consultants, Cleveland
Capacity 13,610
Tenants
Cleveland Force (MISL) (1992–2005)
Cleveland State University (NCAA) (1991–present)

The Bert L. & Iris S. Wolstein Convocation Center (more commonly known as the Wolstein Center or The Convo) is an indoor arena located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. It replaced the Woodling Gym. It is the largest basketball arena in the Horizon League

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Completed on November 1, 1991 at a cost of $55 million, it was the largest university-owned arena in Ohio until Value City Arena at Ohio State University was completed. The arena seats 13,610 for basketball, and (with additional floor seating) can hold 15,000 for concerts and professional wrestling.

The main arena is named the Goodman Arena after Henry J. Goodman, former chairman of the Cleveland State board of trustees.

Originally named the CSU Convocation Center, the building assumed its present name on January 1, 2005.

It is home to the Cleveland State University men's and women's basketball teams and the former home of the Cleveland Crunch and the Cleveland Force of the NPSL and MISL.

It has also hosted numerous concerts, recently featuring artists such as Martina McBride, Avril Lavigne, Carrie Underwood, and Justin Bieber. The Wolstein Center has hosted conferences and has served as a site for NCAA men's basketball tournament games.

It hosted the 1992 Mid-Continent Conference men's basketball tournament and the 2002 Horizon League men's basketball tournament.

The PBR's Bud Light Cup tour hosted a bull riding event at this venue in 2000 and 2001.

NBC News held a Democratic Party presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama on February 26, 2008 at the Wolstein Center. The debate was broadcast live on MSNBC, and was moderated by Brian Williams with Tim Russert.[1][2]

The Wolstein Center also hosted World Wrestling Entertainment's Monday Night Raw on January 26, 2009, and Friday Night Smackdown on December 28, 2010. World Championship Wrestling also held numerous events (including episodes of Monday Nitro) at the center until WCW's folding in 2001.

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Coordinates: 41°29′57″N 81°40′37″W / 41.49917°N 81.67694°W / 41.49917; -81.67694


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