The Bojangles’ Coliseum is a 9,605-seat multi-purpose arena and sports venue in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is operated by the Charlotte Coliseum Authority, which also oversees the Ovens Auditorium and the Charlotte Convention Center. The title sponsor is Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits.
Bojangles Coliseum was opened and dedicated in 1955 as the Charlotte Coliseum. At the time it was the largest unsupported steel dome in the world. After the new Charlotte Coliseum opened in 1988, the name was changed to Independence Arena (named for its location on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte) and underwent an extensive renovation. In 2001 the arena was rewww.bojanglescoliseum.comnamed the Cricket Arena in a naming rights arrangement with Cricket Communications. In 2008 Bojangles Restaurants, Inc. bought the naming rights.
As the old Charlotte Coliseum it was a site for home games for the Carolina Cougars of the American Basketball Association from 1969 through 1974. It also hosted the ACC men’s basketball tournament from 1968-1970, the Southern Conference men’s basketball tournament from 1964-1971 (and again in 2010, for the first three days of the tournament), and was the site of the Sun Belt Conference men’s basketball tournament from 1977 through 1980. Additionally, it hosted the Charlotte 49ers from 1976 until 1988, and again from 1993 through 1996.
It was the one of the flagship venues for Jim Crockett Promotions and the NWA in the 1980s. It also hosted wrestling pay-per-views Starrcade in 1993, and Slamboree in 1997. The arena was a cornerstone of the Carolinas wrestling territory during that time. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling held their Genesis pay-per-view at the Bojangles Coliseum on January 11, 2009.
The venue was also the home of minor league hockey in Charlotte from 1956, when the first Baltimore Clippers moved to Charlotte to become the early Checkers, to 1977, when the first version of the Checkers folded. When the Checkers were revived in 1993, they played there until 2005, and the arena would be available should Kelly Cup Playoff games be needed because of the unavailability of Time Warner Cable Arena as ECHL rules regarding playoff games and timeframes are compact, and may force a game to be moved.
The arena also hosted the worst team in Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL) history in the form of the Charlotte Cobras (0-10). The 1996 season was their one and only in the MILL. The team was folded without ever winning a game.
The Carolina Vipers played their one and only season in the Continental Indoor Soccer League in the summer of 1994. The team went 3-25 and then went "inactive" for 1995, never to return. The Vipers averaged 3,034 fans per game in their only season.
The arena’s size attracted some of the top acts in music during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including:
* Elvis Presley, who played the venue several times in the 1970s, including April 13, 1972, and two shows in 1977, on February 20 and February 21.
* The Rolling Stones on July 6, 1972.
* The Grateful Dead, who played in the building on December 10, 1973, May 3, 1979 and October 5, 1984.
* Bob Dylan, who played there with The Band on January 17, 1974 and on his own December 10, 1978.
* KISS played the original coliseum on seven tours from 1975 to 1988.
* Queen, who played on August 13, 1980, as part of their The Game Tour.
* Bon Jovi opened the North American leg of The Crush Tour at the arena on November 3, 2000.
* Tool(Tool (band)) played on July 29, 2009 as part of their first tour in nearly 2 years.