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Mohegan Sun Arena

The Mohegan Sun Arena is a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, located inside the Mohegan Sun casino resort. The arena facility features 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of configurable exhibition space and a 400-foot (120 m) clear span. It was built by the Perini Building Company, and opened in October 2001.[2]

Mohegan Sun Arena
Mohegan Sun Arena.jpg
Mohegan Sun Arena after the CT class LL state championship basketball game
Address1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
LocationUncasville, Connecticut
Coordinates41°29′28″N 72°5′23″W / 41.49111°N 72.08972°W / 41.49111; -72.08972Coordinates: 41°29′28″N 72°5′23″W / 41.49111°N 72.08972°W / 41.49111; -72.08972
OwnerMohegan Sun
OperatorMohegan Sun
CapacityBasketball: 9,323
Concerts: 10,000
Lacrosse: 7,074[1]
OpenedOctober 2001
Tenants
Mohegan Wolves (AF2) (2002–2003)
Connecticut Sun (WNBA) (2003–present)
New England Black Wolves (NLL) (2015–present)
Website
http://mohegansun.com

HistoryEdit

The multi-purpose facility has hosted a wide variety of events; including the American Kennel Club, WWE,[3] concerts from major classical, country, jazz, metal, rap, rock, and pop acts, as well as sporting events such as PBR events, Bellator, NCAA games, PBA tournaments, early UFC bouts, and the World's Strongest Man Super Series Competition. The largest event on record to have been held at the arena was the inaugural Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in the Northeast in 2016, for which 90,000 tickets were sold to the multi-day event.[4]

Major network and cable television broadcasting companies, including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, ESPN and CNN have all produced events through this arena.

Arena FootballEdit

The arena originally served as home of the Mohegan Wolves arena football team until it was sold and moved to Manchester, New Hampshire in 2004.
On July 19, 2001, Uncasville was awarded an AF2 expansion team.[5] On December 12, 2001, Mohegan Sun and Dr. Eric Margenau, President/Chief Executive Officer of United Sports Ventures, announced that the new expansion AF2 franchise would be named the Mohegan Wolves. Margenau introduced Gary Porter, as the head coach for the team that would first take the field April 5, 2002 at the Mohegan Sun Arena against the Albany Conquest. Gary Porter, previously led the expansion Peoria Pirates to a 7-9 record in 2001.

The team name was selected through a "Name the Team" contest sponsored by WCTY, Mohegan Sun and X-Tra Mart. A Jewett City resident, came up with the winning name. The winner won four season tickets for the 2002 Mohegan Wolves season, dinner for four on the night of the team's first home game, and a team merchandise package.

BasketballEdit

On January 28, 2003, the arena was announced as the official home court for the Connecticut Sun. Prior to the fall of 2002, the NBA operating model precluded any WNBA team without an NBA "brother" counterpart. By the time the Connecticut Sun moved in, Val Ackerman was the WNBA president and Mark L. Brown was the chairman of the Mohegan Tribe. While the arena is attached to the Mohegan Sun casino, the facility does not accept any form of sports wagering or sports booking because sports betting is illegal in Connecticut.

On September 8, 2005, as a companion to the arena, the Mohegan Sun casino opened a Connecticut Sun merchandise store called "Winter Essentials." It was the first store in the United States that sold professional basketball goods on casino ground. However, the store was closed when the casino underwent renovations in 2008. Connecticut Sun merchandise can now be purchased in the Arena during games.

LacrosseEdit

On April 21, 2002, the Mohegan Sun Arena hosted the 2002 National Lacrosse League All-Star Game. The North Division (Calgary Roughnecks, Montreal Express, Ottawa Rebel, Rochester Knighthawks, Toronto Rock, Vancouver Ravens) defeated the South (Albany Attack, Buffalo Bandits, Columbus Landsharks, New Jersey Storm, New York Saints, Philadelphia Wings, Washington Power) by a score of 14-10. Steve Toll, of the Toronto Rock, was named the MVP of the event.
On August 5, 2014, the National Lacrosse League announced that the Philadelphia Wings would move to the Mohegan Sun Arena and be re-branded as the New England Black Wolves for the 2015 season.[6] In their home opener, the Black Wolves defeated the Buffalo Bandits 12-8 in front of 5,768.

Attendance Records
Season Attendance
2015 5,768
2016 5,589
2017 7,074
2018 6,158

Mixed martial artsEdit

On January 11, 2002, Mohegan Sun Arena hosted its first MMA event, UFC 35, headlined by Jens Pulver vs B.J. Penn. Bellator MMA has consistently put on events at Mohegan Sun Arena, since 2009 that are shown below.

2009: Bellator 2, Bellator 11

2010: Bellator 15

2011: Bellator 39, Bellator 48

2012: Bellator 63

2013: Bellator 98

2014: Bellator 110, Bellator 123

2015: Bellator 134, Bellator 140, Bellator 144

2016: Bellator 153, Bellator 163

2017: Bellator 178, Bellator 185

2018: Bellator 194, Bellator 207

2019: Bellator 215, Bellator 216

SeatingEdit

As of 2006, the seating can be configured into 5 common sports configurations. Basketball, boxing, bowling, rodeo, table tennis, lacrosse. It also can be reconfigured to fit many types of concerts: regular, fullhouse, centerstage, and halfhouse. The arena has won awards for being one of America's most modern concert venues. The arena was awarded the 2008 and 2010 Country Music Award for "Casino of the Year". It was also ranked the 4th best venue by Billboard Magazine.

Notable eventsEdit

 
Mohegan Sun Arena

NBA gamesEdit

Date Home Score Away Game Type Attendance
October 11, 2014 Boston Celtics 80-92 New York Knicks Preseason 9,252
October 8, 2016 Boston Celtics 104-86 Charlotte Hornets Preseason 8,052

Strength Athletics Grand PrixEdit

Since 2005, the arena has hosted one of the premier international strongman Grand Prix events.

Year Champion Runner-Up 3rd Place Event Name
2005   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Jessen Paulin   Don Pope Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Final of WSM Super Series 2005[9]
2006   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Jesse Marunde   Josh Thigpen Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Final of WSM Super Series 2006[10]
2007   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Kevin Nee   Mark Felix Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Start of WSM Super Series 2007[11]
2008   Derek Poundstone   Mariusz Pudzianowski   Terry Hollands Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Start of WSM Super Series 2008[12]
2009   Derek Poundstone   Travis Ortmayer   Brian Shaw Mohegan Sun Grand Prix 2009[13]
May 17, 2009
Start of Giants Live 2009
2010   Derek Poundstone   Brian Shaw   Stojan Todorchev Mohegan Sun Grand Prix 2010[14]
April 25, 2010
Start of WSM Super Series 2010

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018-19 NLL Media Guide, page 52, New England Black Wolves Team Information" (PDF). National Lacrosse League. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Perini Building Company". Archived from the original on 2 February 2005. Retrieved 20 January 2005.
  3. ^ "WWE". Retrieved 9 September 2006.
  4. ^ Kristafer, Ryan (21 June 2017). "Cruisin' Connecticut – Barrett-Jackson Auction at Mohegan Sun". wtnh.com. wtnh.com. Retrieved 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "af2 enters SE Connecticut". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. July 19, 2001. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  6. ^ https://www.nll.com/about/history/
  7. ^ Evans, Jayda (January 26, 2010). "Mohegan Sun Arena to host another WNBA All-Star game". The Seattle Times.
  8. ^ http://articles.courant.com/2010-01-27/sports/hc-usabasketball0127.artjan27_1_wnba-all-star-usa-basketball-chris-sienko
  9. ^ Wednesday, August 10, 2005, Mariusz Wins Mohegan Sun Grand Prix . . . Paulen, Pope and Thigpen Qualify for WSM, by Randall J. Strossen of IronMind
  10. ^ Thursday, June 1, 2006, Mariusz Pudzianowski: Big Win at the Mohegan Sun, by Randall J. Strossen of IronMind
  11. ^ Tuesday, April 24, 2007, From the Mohegan Sun to WSM '07, by Randall J. Strossen of IronMind
  12. ^ Friday, February 29, 2008, Eleiko WSM Super Series Mohegan Sun Grand Prix by Randall J. Strossen of IronMind
  13. ^ Official Results Archived 2009-07-24 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Official Results Archived 2009-07-24 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit

Events and tenants
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Mohegan Wolves

2002–2003
Succeeded by
Verizon Wireless Arena
Preceded by
TD Waterhouse Centre
Home of the
Connecticut Sun

2003 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Radio City Music Hall
Host of the
WNBA All-Star Game

2005
Succeeded by
Madison Square Garden
Preceded by
Verizon Center
Host of the
WNBA All-Star Game

2009
Succeeded by
unknown
Preceded by
MGM Grand Garden Arena
Ultimate Fighting Championship venue
UFC 35
Succeeded by
MGM Grand Garden Arena