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McMorran Arena
McMorran
Location 701 McMorran Boulevard, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
Broke ground August 24, 1958
Opened January 21, 1960
Owner City of Port Huron, Michigan
Operator City of Port Huron, Michigan
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost 1960: $3,500,000
($26 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Architect Alden Dow
Tenants Port Huron Flags/Wings (IHL) (1962–1981)
Port Huron Clippers (AAHL) (1987–1988)
Port Huron Border Cats (UHL) (1996–2002)
Port Huron Beacons (UHL) (2002–2005)
Port Huron Flags (UHL) (2005–2007)
Port Huron Pirates (CIFL) (2006–2007)
Port Huron IceHawks (IHL) (2007–2010)
Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL) (2010–2014)
Port Huron Patriots (CIFL) (2012–2014)
Port Huron Prowlers (FHL) (2015–present)
Capacity Hockey or indoor football: 3,400
Concerts: 4,800

McMorran Arena is an entertainment complex in Port Huron, Michigan consisting of a 4,800-seat multi-purpose arena and a theater. It was designed by Alden B. Dow and built in 1960 for $3.5 million (equivalent to $26 million today).[2]

Sports Edit

As of the 2015-2016 season, McMorran will be the home of the Port Huron Prowlers of the Federal Hockey League. Previous hockey tenants include the Port Huron Flags (various incarnations), Port Huron Wings, Port Huron Border Cats, Port Huron IceHawks, and Port Huron Fighting Falcons.

Arena Edit

The arena seats 3,400 for ice hockey and indoor football, and 4,800 for concerts. The arena floor measures 85 feet by 185 feet (27 by 62 meters). The dasher boards have 8-foot glass on the ends and 4-foot glass on the sides for ice hockey. The arena is also used for conventions, circuses, ice shows, trade shows, and banquets, among other events. The arena has hosted many major headlining musicians throughout the years such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Cash.

The 1998 opening of RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ontario sent most of the arena's concert business across the St. Clair River, which separates Port Huron from Sarnia. However, in 2010 McMorran started to rejuvenate their concert lineup with the band Third Eye Blind. In 2012, McMorran Arena and the adjacent pavilion were used for the Devil's Asylum haunted house. As a result, the Fighting Falcons began their season on the road.

As of 2019, there are talks to renovate the arena, as well as increase the capacity to be more competitive in the entertainment market.

Pavilion Edit

The pavilion features 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of space for sporting events, trade shows, banquets, meetings, and conventions. In 2016, the city of Port Huron sold the pavilion to St. Clair County Community College for $1. Following the transaction, the Port Huron Minor Hockey Association, which was housed at the Pavilion, merged with the Blue Water Hockey Association, which is run out of Glacier Pointe Ice Complex in Port Huron. SC4 is renovating the building, and will open it in October as the SC4 Fieldhouse. It will serve as the home to SC4's athletic teams. It will also be available for community use, hosting tournaments, showcases and camps in various sports and at various levels.[3]

Theatre Edit

The 1,157-seat theatre is used for Broadway shows, movies, concerts, and other stage events. It features not only excellent acoustics and sight lines, but also a stage curtain, also designed by Alden B. Dow. It is home to the International Symphony Orchestra and the Port Huron Civic Theatre.

In addition, there is a meeting room and a lounge at the complex. Outside the building is a 22-foot-diameter (6.7 m) clock and the Night and Day fountain, both by sculptor Marshall Fredericks.

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