|Location||229 East Front Street|
Youngstown, Ohio 44503
|Broke ground||June 21, 2004|
|Opened||October 19, 2005|
|Owner||City of Youngstown|
|Construction cost||$42 million|
($47.2 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||PBK Architects, Ltd.|
|Project Manager||Frew Nations Group|
|Structural engineer||Cochrane Group, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Murray & Associates, Inc.|
|General Contractor||Hunt/AP O'Horo|
|Former names||Youngstown Convocation Center (planning/construction)|
Chevrolet Centre (2005–09)
|Tenants||Youngstown SteelHounds (CHL) (2005–2008)|
Mahoning Valley Thunder (AF2) (2007–2009)
Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) (2008–present)
Little Steel Derby Girls (WFTDA) (2012–present)
Youngstown Nighthawks (PASL) (2015)
Ice Hockey/Arena Football: 5,717
The Covelli Centre is a multi-purpose arena in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. It opened in 2005, thanks in a large part to a $26 million HUD redevelopment grant secured in 2000 by Congressman James A. Traficant, Jr. It is home to the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League. The Covelli Centre was previously known as the Chevrolet Centre and is nicknamed "The Chevy Centre" or "The Convo" by some in the area from its former names.
History[edit | edit source]
The arena's grand opening was on October 29, 2005, when it hosted a concert by 3 Doors Down. The first hockey game was played about a week later, on November 4.
In Fall 2007, the city hired Eric Ryan Productions of nearby Struthers, to temporarily operate the arena until the city could find another company to manage the facility. SMG and Global Spectrum are the final two companies in the running to run the Chevrolet Centre. The Chevy Centre was formerly managed by the International Coliseums Company, a subsidiary of Global Entertainment, which owns the Central Hockey League. On Friday, April 4, 2008; the city of Youngstown signed a deal with Ticketmaster to become the official ticket provider of the Chevrolet Centre. The arena itself is owned by the city.
The arena, which was initially named the Convocation Center when it opened in October, was renamed a few weeks after its opening on Friday, November 18, 2005, when General Motors acquired the naming rights, and was renamed the Chevrolet Centre. Choosing Chevrolet for the naming rights was highly appropriate because one of the brand's more successful cars, the Cobalt, is manufactured in nearby Lordstown.
On October 4, 2008, it was announced that GM had decided not to renew their naming rights deal with the city. The city was in the process of negotiating with local Chevy dealers to keep the name of the facility the same.  On Wednesday, April 30, 2009 Covelli Enterprises (a local franchisee of Panera Bread and O'Charley's restaurants), signed a 3-year, $120,000 naming-rights deal, giving the Centre its current name (a complete signing switch is expected by June 1). 
Starting in November 2008, the Mahoning Valley Phantoms of the North American Hockey League played select home games at the arena. Upon joining the USHL, the Phantoms moved into the Covelli Centre full-time in 2009.
The Ohio Junior High wrestling championships were held at the arena.
Naming rights[edit | edit source]
On April 30, 2009, Sam Covelli, owner of many Panera and O'Charley's restaurants in the area, signed a 3-year, $360,000 contract to rename the then Chevrolet Centre to the Covelli Centre. Covelli has indicated that he plans to work to more aggressively market the arena.
We'll do whatever it takes to promote the Centre. We believe in it.
The arena officially took on the Covelli Centre name on June 1, 2009.
Records[edit | edit source]
The arena's first sold-out performances were on November 12, 2005, when it hosted two concerts by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Both 2:30 and 7:30 shows were sold out. The first sold-out hockey game was on January 14, 2006.
On March 8, 2010, it was announced that the Covelli Centre would host Elton John on May 1, 2010. The event sold out in a record time of 30 minutes on March 12, 2010, which eclipsed the previous record set by Carrie Underwood, an event that sold out in 48 hours.
Revitalization[edit | edit source]
The Covelli Centre has been at the forefront of what is hoped to be a major downtown revitalization in the city of Youngstown. The downtown economy has benefitted since its opening, primarily from guests patronizing its bars and restaurants before and after events.
The city and other private firms came to an agreement that allowed people to park for free in downtown on days when there is an event at the arena.
Selected events[edit | edit source]
- October 22, 2005 - Youngstown Convocation Center open house
- October 29, 2005 - 3 Doors Down, Shinedown & Alter Bridge (first event)
- October 30, 2005 - Tony Bennett
- November 4, 2005 - First Steelhounds game
- November 12, 2005 - Trans-Siberian Orchestra (First sold out event)
- November 23, 2005 - Lil Jon
- November 27, 2005 - Clay Aiken
- December 28–31, 2005 - Disney on Ice
- January 14, 2006 - First sold out Steelhounds game
- January 19, 2006 - Larry the Cable Guy
- April 4, 2006 - Korn, Mudvayne & 10 Years
- April 10, 2006 - John Mellencamp
- On June 30, 2006 - Slayer, Mastodon & Lamb of God (band) were scheduled to play here. Unfortunately, the show was moved to Cleveland.
- July 5, 2006 - Shinedown & Evans Blue
- September 12, 2006 - Staind, Crossfade, Three Days Grace & Black Stone Cherry
- On February 13, 2007 - Slayer backed out of another Youngstown show that was moved to Cleveland.
- March 31, 2007 - First Mahoning Valley Thunder game
- April 5, 2007 - Ludacris presented by Youngstown State University
- July 1, 2007 - Tool
- July 3, 2007 - Stevie Nicks
- August 7, 2007 - WWE Smackdown & ECW (Sold Out)
- June 11, 2008 - Carrie Underwood, with special guest Jason Michael Carroll (Sold Out)
- October 18, 2008 - "Hot Ice--Cool Sounds", Skating Show with music by Peter Cetera and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra & was shown on NBC, on December 25, 2008.
- October 29, 2008 - Rock the Vote featuring Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow
- November 22, 2008 - Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry, Shinedown & Saving Abel.
- February 21, 2009 - Boxing: Kelly Pavlik vs. Marco Antonio Rubio (Sold Out)
- May 9, 2009 - WWE "Raw Live", featuring John Cena, Batista, Big Show & Randy Orton (Sold Out)
- July 25, 2009 - Last Mahoning Valley Thunder game
- July 29, 2009-Pedal to The metal tour Mudvayne, Black Label Society, Static-X, Suicide Silence, Bury Your Dead
- August 15, 2009 - Journey and Heart
- October 8, 2009 - Jeff Dunham
- October 17, 2009 - Kelly Clarkson
- November 4, 2009 - Daughtry
- November 12, 2009 - Gaither Vocal Band
- February 2, 2010 - Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd & Skillet
- March 18, 2010 - Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Red & Thousand Foot Krutch
- May 1, 2010 - Elton John (Sold out in 30 minutes)
- June 26, 2010 - WWE Raw World Tour
- September 18, 2010 - Montgomery Gentry
- October 9, 2010 - Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper
- April 12, 2011 - Goo Goo Dolls
- May 6, 2011 - Tim Mcgraw
- May 22, 2011 - Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top
- July 29, 2011 - Mötley Crüe and Poison
- October 7, 2011 - Gaither Homecoming 2011 Tour
- December 7, 2011 - Guns N' Roses, with special guest- Black Label Society (ft Zakk Wylde)
- April 6, 2012 - Sugarland
- December 7, 2012 - First College Basketball Game: Youngstown State University Vs. Hiram College
- November 16, 2013 - Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Josh Thompson
- February 1, 2014 - Elton John
- August 26, 2016 - Kiss (band)
- September 15, 2017 - Stevie Nicks
- December 2, 2017 - Migos
- August 5, 2018 - Rough n Rowdy 4 (boxing)
- March 5, 2019 - Shinedown With Papa Roach and Asking Alexandria
- May 20, 2019 - Slayer Final Tour With Lamb of God (band), Cannibal Corpse, and Amon Amarth
- August 21, 2019 - Hall & Oates
- October 10, 2019 - Ghost (Swedish band) With Nothing More
- November 27th, 2019 - Five Finger Death Punch With Three Days Grace, Bad Wolves, and Fire from the Gods
References[edit | edit source]
- Smith, Roger G. (June 22, 2004). "A Long-Awaited Event Arrives As Ground Is Broken for Arena". The Vindicator (Youngstown). https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JFdIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=_4EMAAAAIBAJ&pg=953,3733389&dq=en. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-14. https://web.archive.org/web/20111114092706/http://www.frewnations.com/projects/chevrolet-centre. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- Convocation Center Project Information | Historical Arena Project in Ohio
- Skolnick, David (July 16, 2004). "More Bids Are Under Estimate". The Vindicator (Youngstown). https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=52VcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=WlcNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1173,115853&dq=en. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
- "Ohio Junior High State Wrestling Results". ohioathletics.com. https://www.ohioathletics.com/results/juniorhighresults/. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. https://web.archive.org/web/20110718124909/http://www.wytv.com/content/news/local/story/Businessman-Sam-Covelli-Purchases-Naming-Rights/WbLEAwBxr0qYS_KKyeJNlQ.cspx. Retrieved 2009-05-07.
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