Cumberland County Civic Center
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|Cumberland County Civic Center|
|Location||1 Civic Center Square
Portland, ME 04101
|Opened||March 3, 1977|
|Construction cost||$8 million
($30.3 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Eduardo Catalano Architects
E. Crawley Cooper
|Portland Pirates (1993–present)
Maine Mariners (1977–1992)
The Cumberland County Civic Center is a 6,733-seat multi-purpose arena, in Portland, Maine. Built in 1977, at a cost of $8 million, it is home to the Portland Pirates ice hockey team, various trade shows and the Maine Principals' Association high school basketball tournament. There are 6,733 permanent seats in the arena, and it seats up to 9,500 for concerts.
The inside consists of one deck rising 24 rows, 14 seats across at its widest, and 30 separated sections around. The arena floor features 34,500 square feet (3,210 m2) of space, making it useful for trade shows and conventions in addition to sports and concerts. There is also one restaurant in the lobby, known as the Penalty Box Grill.
The arena has had a unique history of having locals sponsor individual seats at the arena. Those who pay to sponsor seats at the Civic Center can have their name engraved on their seats or dedicate the seat to someone they know.
The arena's official name is the George I. Lewis Auditorium at Cumberland County Civic Center. The press box is named for sportscasting legend, the late Frank Fixaris.
ZZ Top was the very first act to play the Civic Center, when it opened on March 3, 1977.
Elvis Presley was to have flown from Memphis to Portland on August 16, 1977 for a performance at the Civic Center the following day, but he was found dead at Graceland that morning. A re-enactment of the preparations for the Portland show is featured in the bio film This Is Elvis.
In October 2010, a task force voted to fund renovations costing $27 to $29 million. The renovations will include addition of premium seating, as well as upgrades to the locker rooms and other improvements. If approved by the large Civic Center board, it will be funded by a county bond measure.
The bond was approved by county voters in November 2011, and the renovations should begin after the 2011-12 hockey season.
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