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Town Toyota Center
Location 1300 Walla Walla Avenue
Wenatchee, Washington 98802
Flag of the United States.svg.png United States
Broke ground September 12, 2006[1]
Opened October 5, 2008[2]
Owner Wenatchee PFD
Operator Wenatchee PFD
Construction cost $52.8 million
($53.9 million in 2018 dollars[3])
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs[4]
Project Manager International Coliseums Company[5]
Structural engineer Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers[6]
Services engineer M-E Engineers. Inc.[6]
General Contractor Hunt Construction Group[7]
Former names Greater Wenatchee Regional Event Center (2007–2008)
Town Toyota Arena (2008)
Tenants Wenatchee Wild (BCHL) (2008–present)
Wenatchee Fire FC (PASL) (2008)
Wenatchee Valley Venom (AIFA/IFL) (2010–2011)
Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks (AWFC) (2019–)
Capacity Basketball: 5,000
Ice hockey/Arena football: 4,300
Concert: 5,800

Town Toyota Center is a 4,300-seat multi-purpose arena in Wenatchee, Washington. The arena was built and is owned and managed by the Wenatchee Public Facilities District, or PFD. It is home venue of the Wenatchee Wild of the British Columbia Hockey League and will become home to the arena football team the Wenatchee Valley Skyhawks in 2019. It was formerly home to the Wenatchee Fire FC and the Wenatchee Valley Venom.

During planning and early construction, the arena was known as the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center, but in August 2008, a local auto dealer bought the naming rights of the arena for an undisclosed amount, giving the arena its current name.

DefaultEdit

In 2006, nine local cities and counties formed a municipal corporation then called the Greater Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities District to fund the Town Toyota Center.[8] The arena went into default on December 1, 2011 when the PFD missed a payment on short term bond anticipation notes. The district was later fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading investors. It was the first time that the SEC assessed a financial penalty against a municipal issuer. The district settled with the SEC for $20,000.[9][10] In 2012, legislation was passed and signed by Governor Gregoire to authorized a local sales tax increase to refinance the debt.[11] The default was the largest public default in Washington State since the WPPSS disaster of 1982 that defaulted on $2.25 billion in bonds.[12] In the fine the SEC also named the developer Global Entertainment and its then-president and CEO Richard Kozuback, the bankers, and a staff finance manager.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. New Events Centre Penticton - Castanet.net - John Thomson Report
  2. Builder Global Entertainment will manage the $52.8M center for a public facilities district in Wenatchee - Puget Sound Business Journal
  3. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  4. Greater Wenatchee Town Toyota Center
  5. http://www.globalentertainment2000.com/images/docs/gpi%20brochure1.pdf
  6. 6.0 6.1 "GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT CORP, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Aug 29, 2008". secdatabase.com. http://edgar.secdatabase.com/2770/116552708000485/filing-main.htm. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  7. http://huntconstructiongroup.com/images/stories/projects/arenas/towntoyota.pdf
  8. "MRSC - Public Facilities Districts (PFDs)". http://mrsc.org/Home/Explore-Topics/Economic-Development/Financing-Economic-Development/Public-Facilities-Districts-(PFDs).aspx.
  9. Corkery, Michael (2013-11-05). "SEC Fines a Muni Bond Issuer for First Time; Underwriter Penalized". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702304391204579179913392679956.
  10. "SEC.gov | SEC Charges Municipal Issuer in Washington’s Wenatchee Valley Region for Misleading Investors" (in en). https://www.sec.gov/News/PressRelease/Detail/PressRelease/1370540262235.
  11. "Wenatchee-Area Default Results In New Reform Law" (in en). NPR.org. https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=148085444.
  12. "Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) - HistoryLink.org". http://www.historylink.org/File/5482.
  13. "86552-3 - In re Bond Issuance of Greater Wenatchee Reg'l Events Ctr. File Date 10/25/2012". http://courts.mrsc.org/supreme/slipopinions/865523maj.htm.

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