Memphis Grizzlies first nba home arena

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Memphis Grizzlies First home Arena:Before the Grizzlies moved to Memphis in 2001, they played their homes games for their first six seasons at the Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place).

Rogers Arena is a multipurpose arena located at 800-Griffiths Way in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. The arena was opened in 1995 and was known as General Motors Place until July 6, 2010, when GM Canada ended its naming right sponsorship and a new agreement
for those right was reached with Rogers Communication. The arena was built as Vancouver’s primary indoor sports facility and in part due to the 1995 expansion of the NBA. Currently, the arena is home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Vancouver Warriors of the National Lacrosse League.

The arena was completed at the cost of $160 million and opened on September 21, 1995 in private financing to replace the old Pacific Coliseum as the main venue for events in Vancouver and also as home to the Canucks and Grizzlies. After it was opened, General Motors Canada made a sponsorship agreement and had naming rights over the arena – hence, it was referred to as “GM Place” or “The Garage”. After the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, the arena served as home to the Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League briefly between 2002 and 2004. The operations of the team have since been suspended although attempts were made at a revival in 2007 and 2008. In 2010, the arena was temporarily renamed “Canada Hockey Place” for two weeks during the 2010 Winter Olympics due to Olympics regulations regarding corporate sponsorship of event sites.

On July 6, 2010, GM declined to renew the naming rights over the arena, which led Rogers Communications to acquire the naming rights under a 10-year deal. Rogers Communications renamed the arena – Rogers Arena. 2011, the arena reached a five-year sponsorship deal with PepsiCo, which saw them become the exclusive provider of beverages and snacks at the arena and also gained sponsorship placements. All concerts held at the arena promote the venue as “Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena”.
memphies grizzlies played their first home games at the rogers arena
The arena has hosted quite a number of notable events:
On October 6, 2012, Queen Elizabeth II dropped the ceremonial first puck in an NHL exhibition between San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks

The 2010 Winter Olympics – ice hockey games only

Games 1, 2, 5 and 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals

UFC 115 (June 12, 2010), 131 (June 11, 2011), 174 (June 14, 2014), UFC on Fox: Maia vs Condit (August 27, 2016 and UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs Gathje (September 14, 2019)

WWE’s in Your House 9 (July 21, 1996), Rock Bottom (December 13, 1998) and a live taping of Smackdown (February 14, 2020)

Selena Gomez’s Stars Dance Tour started at the arena on August 14, 2013

Demi Lovato’s The Neon Lights Tour (February 9, 2014)

The Juno Awards (1998, 2009 and 2018)

Travis Scott’s second leg of his ASTROWORLD Tour started here on January 29, 2019

April 25, 2020 –Miranda Lambert’s Wildcard Tour (with supporting acts Cody Johnson and LANCO)

The arena initially used to hold 18,422 people for ice hockey and 19,193 for basketball, but currently it holds 18,910 for ice hockey and 19700 for basketball and 19,000 for concerts.

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