North Charleston Coliseum


North Charleston Coliseum

The North Charleston Coliseum is a 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena in North Charleston, South Carolina. The North Charleston Coliseum is part of the North Charleston Convention Center Complex, which also includes a Performing Arts Center. The Coliseum was built in 1993 (the Performing Arts Center and Convention Center opened in 1999), and is located on the access road to the Charleston International Airport. It is widely known for its resemblance to a pineapple, a popular Charleston fruit.

In addition to hosting concerts, comedy shows and various other events, the North Charleston Coliseum is home to the South Carolina Stingrays ice hockey team, which started as soon as the Coliseum opened, and is the alternate home arena for the Charleston Southern University basketball team. Typically, Charleston Southern University uses the Coliseum for non-conference games that draw audiences greater than their home arena's 798-seat capacity, such as cross-town rivals College of Charleston and The Citadel. Furthermore, its size allows them to play major conference teams such as Virginia Tech at home (some major conference arenas do not seat 10,000). In addition, The North Charleston Coliseum has hosted the Big South Conference (1993-94) and the Southern Conference basketball tournaments.

The Coliseum has also served as the venue for several televised events, which include: WWF In Your House pay-per-view (1996), WCW Uncensored (1997), Wheel of Fortune (2006), and American Idol auditions (2007). Other major concerts and events have included: Eagles (1995, 2005), Bruce Springsteen (2008), Elton John (2007), Walking with the Dinosaurs (2008), and Oprah Winfrey (2006).

The North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston Convention Center, and the North Charleston Performing Arts Center is owned by the city of North Charleston and managed by SMG.