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Grady Cole Center is a small civic center located on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Grady Cole Center
Grady Cole Center front.JPG
Former namesPark Center (1954–1987)
LocationElizabeth, Charlotte, North Carolina
OwnerCity of Charlotte
OperatorMecklenburg Parks & Rec
Charlotte Roller Girls 2008-Present
Queens Royals 2012

The 3,000 seat center is located near the city's center, and can host several types of events. It was built in 1954 to replace the Charlotte Armory Arena, which had been destroyed by fire. Originally the Park Center, it was renamed in 1987 in honor of WBT Radio morning personality, Grady Cole.

On September 25, 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the Park Center after an invitation from the local NAACP chapter. He had been invited to speak in Charlotte in 1958, however, he suffered a stabbing in New York that canceled his visit.[1]

The building was an important venue for Jim Crockett Promotions during the organization's heyday. [1]

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Grady Cole center served as the practice facility for the Charlotte Hornets.

The arena hosted UFC 3 in 1994. Concerts held in the arena include The Allman Brothers with Duane Allman, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, and James Gang in 1972, Pink Floyd in 1973,[2] David Bowie in 1974, as well as shows by Dire Straits, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan and R.E.M. in the 1980s. The 1990s saw shows from Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Widespread Panic, Marilyn Manson, and Tool.

The center is located on the same complex as American Legion Memorial Stadium.

The arena hosted the 2007 CIAA women's volleyball tournament. The arena also hosted the Internet-only pay-per-view ROH The Big Bang! on April 3, 2010.

The arena was home to Barstool's Rough-N-Rowdy 3 in 2018.

Queens University of Charlotte has used the arena for athletic events in 2012 while construction work is done on their usual on-campus home.


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  2. ^ Povey, Glenn; Russell, Ian (1997). Pink Floyd: In the Flesh - The Complete Performance History (1st ed.). London: Bloomsbury. p. 128. ISBN 9780747532934.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Mammoth Gardens
Ultimate Fighting Championship venue
Succeeded by
Expo Square Pavilion

Coordinates: 35°13′06″N 80°49′42″W / 35.2182°N 80.8283°W / 35.2182; -80.8283