Grady Cole Center
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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. 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 Auditorium, which had been destroyed by fire. Originally the Charlotte Park Center, it was renamed in 1987 in honor of WBT Radio morning personality, Grady Cole. The arena is a part of the Mecklenburg County Sportsplex, which also includes the American Legion Memorial Stadium.
Exterior view of the venue (c.2015)
|Former names||Charlotte Park Center (1956–87)|
|Address||310 N Kings Dr|
Charlotte, NC 28204-2239
|Owner||City of Charlotte|
|Operator||Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation|
|Opened||July 16, 1956|
|Charlotte Roller Girls (WFTDA) (2010–present)|
Queens Royals (SAC) (2012)
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.
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, 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 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.
|Events and tenants|
| Ultimate Fighting Championship venue
Expo Square Pavilion