Landers Center

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The Landers Center is an 8,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Southaven, Mississippi. It is home to the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League, a minor league basketball team affiliated with the Memphis Grizzlies.[4]

Landers Center
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Former namesDeSoto Civic Center (2000–2011)
Address4560 Venture Drive
LocationSouthaven, Mississippi
OwnerDeSoto County[1]
OperatorDeSoto County Convention & Visitors Bureau
CapacityIn-the-Round: 10,045
End-Stage 180: 7,888
Boxing/wrestling: 10,000
Basketball: 9,000
Football, hockey, ice show, rodeo/circus: 8,500[3]
Field sizeMaximum Floor Dimensions: 250’ L x 140’ W
Maximum Floor Area: 35,000 sq. ft.
Ice Floor Dimensions: 200’ L x 85’ W
Construction
Broke groundApril 24, 1998[1]
OpenedSeptember 16, 2000
Construction cost$35 million[1]
($52.6 million in 2020 dollars[2])
ArchitectJohnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects[1]
General contractorCarothers Construction Inc.[1]
Tenants
Memphis Houn'Dawgs (ABA) (2000–2001)
Memphis Xplorers (af2) (2001–2006)
Mississippi RiverKings (CHL/SPHL) (2007–2018)
Memphis Hustle (NBA G League) (2017–present)
Memphis Americans (NISL) (2021–)
Website
http://landerscenter.com/

HistoryEdit

The center was built in 2000. On January 4, 2012, Memphis-based Landers Auto Group purchased the naming rights. The name was changed to the Landers Center.[5] Several now-defunct teams have called the arena home. These teams include the Memphis Xplorers of the AF2, the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the American Basketball Association, and the Mississippi RiverKings (previously called the Memphis RiverKings) of the Central Hockey League and Southern Professional Hockey League. Current sports tenants include the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League and the new Memphis Americans of the new National Indoor Soccer League.[6]

The center houses a 17,000 square foot convention center and 400 seat performing arts center. It is used as a concert venue, boxing arena, and for ice shows and circuses. Since 2009, the Mid-South Fair has been held at the Landers Center. Formerly, the fair was held in midtown Memphis at the Fairgrounds.

American recording artist Kelly Clarkson performed in the arena on February 9, 2019, during her Meaning of Life Tour to a sold-out crowd of over 7,000 patrons and grossed over $400,000.[7] This was her first show in the state of Mississippi in over seven years since her Stronger Tour in 2012.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Laurie (April 23, 1998). "DeSoto Civic Center Groundbreaking Set for Friday". The Daily News (Memphis). Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  2. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1997). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Landers Center". venuecoalition.com. Venue Coalition. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  4. ^ "Grizzlies to Own, Operate D-League Team in Southaven". Memphis Daily News. January 24, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ Van Tuyl, Chris (December 28, 2011). "Memphis-Based Landers Auto Group Buys Naming Rights to DeSoto Civic Center". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
  6. ^ Memphis Americans history, Team website, April 21, 2021
  7. ^ "BOX OFFICE: Kelly Clarkson — Meaning of Life Tour". Touring Data. 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2021-05-16.

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Coordinates: 34°55′38″N 89°59′49″W / 34.927124°N 89.9969°W / 34.927124; -89.9969