CenturyLink Center (Bossier City)
The CenturyLink Center (formerly CenturyTel Center and Bossier City Arena) is a 14,000-seat multi-purpose arena, in Bossier City, Louisiana. The naming rights were purchased by the telephone company CenturyLink of Monroe, Louisiana in 2010.
|Former names||Bossier City Arena (2000)|
CenturyTel Center (2000–2010)
|Location||2000 CenturyTel Center Drive|
Bossier City, Louisiana 71112
|Owner||City of Bossier City|
|Broke ground||March 30, 1999|
|Opened||November 2, 2000|
|Construction cost||$56.5 million|
($83.9 million in 2019 dollars)
|Architect||AE Design Group|
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore|
|General contractor||Roy Anderson Corp.|
|Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs (CHL) (2000–2011)|
Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings (af2/AFL) (2004–2010)
It hosted the Southland Conference men's basketball tournament in 2001. In 2011, the CenturyLink Center with the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters hosted 1st and 2nd-round games for the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament including the first two games of eventual champion Texas A&M.
On January 14, 2007, the CHL All-Star game was played at the arena, for the first time ever, hosted by the Mudbugs.
In December 2014, the Bossier City Council once again rejected pay increases for city employees as proposed by Mayor Lo Walker. Columnist Jeffrey D. Sadow attributed the lack of municipal funds for such raises to the recurring high costs associated with the operation of CenturyLink, which cost $1,500 per resident, or $55.6 million, nearly $20 million more than had been anticipated by city officials. Through 2013, the city spent $5 million more to operate the center. Minor league sports teams, unable to survive, abandoned the CenturyLink. In 2013 alone, the city transferred $750,000 into CenturyLink and still ran a deficit of $200,000. Those costs could have funded the pay raises Walker proposed. Sadow proposes that the city sell CenturyLink at a loss so that it not become a permanent white elephant on municipal expenditures.
|December 2, 2000||Elton John||Medusa Tour||N/A||This was the first major concert in the arena.|
|July 18, 2002||Britney Spears||Dream Within a Dream Tour||O-Town||12,232||$749,181||N/A|
|November 16, 2002||Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour||Cyndi Lauper||11,610||$771,806|
|April 25, 2003||ZZ Top||Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers Tour||Ted Nugent||6,300 / 7,500||$248,850|
|February 5, 2005||Cher||Living Proof: The Farewell Tour||Village People||9,323 / 12,397||$508,529|
|March 8, 2006||Nickelback||All the Right Reasons Tour||N/A|
|March 3, 2007||Justin Timberlake||FutureSex/LoveShow||N/A|
|November 15, 2007||Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus||Best of Both Worlds Tour||Jonas Brothers||N/A|
|September 10, 2009||Taylor Swift||Fearless Tour||Gloriana
|September 19, 2009||Britney Spears||The Circus Starring Britney Spears||Kristinia DeBarge||10,240||$610,818|
|February 13, 2010||Martina McBride
|Shine All Night Tour||N/A|
|September 20, 2011||Taylor Swift||Speak Now World Tour||Needtobreathe||11,510||$728,546|
|February 13, 2013||Kid Rock||Rebel Soul Tour||N/A|
|March 8, 2014||Luke Bryan||That's My Kind of Night Tour||Lee Brice
|March 22, 2014||Elton John||Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour||N/A||N/A|
|November 15, 2014||Cher||Dressed to Kill Tour||Cancelled due to viral infection|
|March 20, 2015||Miranda Lambert||Platinum Tour||Justin Moore
|May 20, 2015||Taylor Swift||The 1989 World Tour||Vance Joy||12,459||$1,458,197||This show served as the opening night of the tour's North American leg.|
|July 29, 2015||Eagles||History of the Eagles – Live in Concert||N/A||N/A|
|March 12, 2016||Luke Bryan||Kill the Lights Tour||Little Big Town
|April 22, 2016||Carrie Underwood||Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round||Easton Corbin
The Swon Brothers
|March 12, 2017||Miranda Lambert||Highway Vagabond Tour||Old Dominion||N/A|
|July 15, 2017||Paul McCartney||One on One||N/A|
|April 22, 2018||Foo Fighters||Concrete and Gold Tour||The Struts||N/A|
|March 16, 2019||P!nk||Beautiful Trauma World Tour||Julia Michaels
|September 7, 2019||KISS||End of the Road World Tour||David Garibaldi||N/A|
|October 5, 2019||Miranda Lambert||Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour||Maren Morris
|March 10, 2020||Cher||Here We Go Again Tour||Nile Rodgers
|—||—||After this show, the remaining dates of the tour were postponed to later in the year due to COVID-19.|
|August 29, 2020||Journey||2020 Tour||Pretenders||—||—||This show was canceled due to COVID-19.|
|September 30, 2020||Def Leppard||20/20 Vision Tour||ZZ Top||—||—||N/A|
|October 1, 2020||Luke Bryan||Proud to Be Right Here Tour||Morgan Wallen
- "Arena Tops Builder's Resume Bossier City Picks Anderson For Huge Multipurpose Center". Sun Herald. April 1, 1999.
- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
- "Bossier City Arena Getting a New Name" (Press release). CenturyLink. 22 June 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- "Amanda Crane, "'Mr. Bossier' turns 91"". bossierpress.com. Retrieved February 6, 2013.
- Jeffrey D. Sadow (December 22, 2014). "Sadow: Bossier City Fiddles While Its Arena Burns Tax Dollars". The Hayride. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- Gardner, Elysa. "Cher cancels remaining tour dates". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
- Martoccio, Angie; Martoccio, Angie (2020-03-12). "Cher Postpones Here We Go Again Tour Due to Coronavirus". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
- "Journey's 2020 Tour Canceled". Billboard. 2020-05-04. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
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