Fun Facts

1. Building Dedication took place 10:00 am August 21, 1971

2. At the time of its opening:

  • 12th largest Coliseum in the Western World
  • Largest Indoor Entertainment center in Virginia
  • Unobstructed view from every seat

3. Dimensions: Ceiling Dome 142’5″ from the arena floor- oval 220′ x 108′

4. Building Construction: Built with a million and a half native Virginia bricks, 84,000 tons of concrete, triple thick glass, 1,700 tons of roofing steel

5. Arena Lighting: 4,186 lighting fixtures, 13,000 bulbs

6. When the coliseum was built the Total Coliseum Area Wide Cost was $24 Million

  • $12 Million for the building
  • $5 Million for relocation and redesign of streets and utilities
  • $7 Million land aquisition, real estate, engineering, architecure etc