McMorran Place

McMorran Arena is an entertainment complex in Port Huron, Michigan consisting of a 4,800-seat multi-purpose arena and a theater. It was designed by Alden B. Dow and built in 1960 for $3.5 million (equivalent to $30 million today).[2] The exterior of the complex is faced with red brick with limestone accents.

McMorran Arena
McMorran
Location701 McMorran Boulevard, Port Huron, Michigan 48060
OwnerCity of Port Huron, Michigan
OperatorCity of Port Huron, Michigan
CapacityHockey or indoor football: 3,400
Concerts: 4,800
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundAugust 24, 1958
OpenedJanuary 21, 1960
Construction cost1960: $3.5 million
($30.2 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectAlden Dow
Tenants
Port Huron Flags/Wings (IHL) (1962–1981)
Port Huron Clippers (AAHL) (1987–1988)
Port Huron Border Cats (UHL) (1996–2002)
Port Huron Beacons (UHL) (2002–2005)
Port Huron Flags (UHL) (2005–2007)
Port Huron Pirates (CIFL) (2006–2007)
Port Huron IceHawks (IHL) (2007–2010)
Port Huron Fighting Falcons (NAHL) (2010–2014)
Port Huron Predators (CIFL) (2011)
Port Huron Patriots (CIFL) (2012–2014)
Port Huron Prowlers (FPHL) (2015–present)

SportsEdit

As of the 2015–16 season, McMorran has been the home of the Port Huron Prowlers of the Federal Prospects Hockey League. Previous hockey tenants include the Port Huron Flags (various incarnations), Port Huron Wings, Port Huron Border Cats, Port Huron Beacons, Port Huron IceHawks, and Port Huron Fighting Falcons.

ArenaEdit

The arena seats 3,400 for ice hockey and indoor football, and 4,800 for concerts. The arena floor measures 85 by 185 feet (26 by 56 m). The dasher boards have 8-foot (2.4 m) glass on the ends and 4-foot (1.2 m) glass on the sides for ice hockey. The arena is also used for conventions, circuses, ice shows, trade shows, and banquets, among other events. The arena has hosted many major headlining musicians throughout the years such as Kiss, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, Johnny Cash.

The 1998 opening of RBC Centre in Sarnia, Ontario sent most of the arena's concert business across the St. Clair River, which separates Port Huron from Sarnia. However, in 2010 McMorran started to rejuvenate its concert lineup with the band Third Eye Blind. In 2012, McMorran Arena and the adjacent pavilion were used for the Devil's Asylum haunted house. As a result, the Fighting Falcons began their season on the road.

In November 2019, the arena received a donation of 3,000 seats from the shuttered Palace of Auburn Hills. Although the seats were free, the city had to bear the cost to move and install them. The city planned to remove the original wooden seats and have new padded the seats in place by summer 2020. The seats were one of several upgrades to the facility which included work on sound and electrical equipment in the theatre, carpeting, signage and a plan to reconfigure the plaza east of the building to accommodate an outdoor ice rink and gathering space for events.[3][4]

PavilionEdit

The pavilion features 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of space for sporting events, trade shows, banquets, meetings, and conventions. In 2016, the city of Port Huron sold the pavilion to St. Clair County Community College for $1. Following the transaction, the Port Huron Minor Hockey Association, which was housed at the Pavilion, merged with the Blue Water Hockey Association, which is based in the city's Glacier Pointe Ice Complex. SC4 renovated the building, which opened that October as the SC4 Fieldhouse. It serves as the home to SC4's athletic teams and will be available for community use, hosting tournaments, showcases and camps in various sports and at various levels.[5] Attached to the pavilion is an octagonal tower which boasts an observation deck at its top. Visitors can climb the 188 steps to the top to see unobstructed views of the entire area. As part of the 2016 renovations, the college installed new accent lighting on the tower's exterior.[6][7]

TheatreEdit

The 1,157-seat theatre is used for Broadway shows, movies, concerts, and other stage events. It features excellent acoustics and sight lines and also was designed by Alden B. Dow. It is home to the International Symphony Orchestra and the Port Huron Civic Theatre.

In addition, the complex houses a meeting room and lounge. The exterior of the east wall features a 22-foot-diameter (6.7 m) clock of gold anodized aluminum set among limestone panels and serving as a backdrop for the Night and Day Fountain. Both are by sculptor Marshall Fredericks.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ "Arena". McMorran Place. Archived from the original on 2008-12-11. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  3. ^ Smith, Jackie (November 30, 2019). "'We're pretty dang lucky': City gets 3,000-seat donation from Palace of Auburn Hills for McMorran Arena". Port Huron Times Herald.
  4. ^ Galbraith, MJ (November 15, 2018). "McMorran Plaza to undergo major renovations, add ice rink to downtown Port Huron". The Keel. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  5. ^ Hayden, Nicole (July 1, 2016). "SC4 Fieldhouse to open Oct. 3". Port Huron Times Herald. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Henderson, Tom (February 11, 2018). "St. Clair Community College invests in Port Huron's renewal". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  7. ^ Gross, Bob (November 14, 2016). "College makes a beacon of McMorran Tower". Port Huron Times Herald.

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