Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is a convention
center located in Long Beach, California. It was built on the site of
the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium beginning in 1962. The primary
venues of the complex include:
1 Long Beach Arena
2 Wyland murals
3 Meeting rooms
4 Live concert albums and videos
6 External links
Long Beach ArenaThe Long Beach Arena was the first building to be
completed in the complex. Capacities are as follows: 11,200 for hockey,
13,609 for basketball, and either 4,550, 9,200 or 13,500 for concerts
depending on the seating chart.
The Arena has hosted various entertainment and professional and
college sporting events, most notably the volleyball events of the 1984
Summer Olympic Games.
For trade shows, the arena features 46,000 square feet (4300 m²) of
space, with an additional 19,000 square feet (1800 m²) of space in the
lobby and 29,000 square feet (2700 m²) in the concourse. Hanging from
the arena's 77 foot (23 m) high ceiling is a center-hung scoreboard with
four White Way "Mega Color" Animation Screens. There is an 11 by 15 foot
SACO Smartvision LED Wall located on the south end of the arena.
Long Beach Arena was the site of the first National Hockey League
game involving an expansion team, as the Los Angeles Kings and the
Philadelphia Flyers, both expansion teams, played on October 14, 1967.
The Kings won, 4–2. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of
their expansion season while the Forum was being completed.
The arena was also one of the sites of the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Championship Rounds of 64 and 32. The teams which played at
Long Beach Arena included Maryland, Pepperdine & UNLV. Maryland's Len
Bias played his final collegiate game at the Long Beach Arena on March
14, 1986 in a loss to UNLV in the Round of 32. The Arena was also the
site of the Big West Conference men's basketball tournament from 1989 to
1993. Volleyball matches were held at the arena during the 1984 Los
Angeles Olympic games.
In the 1970s the arena hosted several games of the Los Angeles Sharks
of the World Hockey Association and regular appearances of the Los
Angeles Thunderbirds Roller Derby team.
The Arena was home to the former Long Beach Ice Dogs team, which
played professional ice hockey in the ECHL. The Ice Dogs ceased
operations of the team in 2007.
Wyland muralsAlong the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is
"Planet Ocean", one of environmental artist Wyland's Whaling Walls,
which was dedicated on July 9, 1992. At 116,000 square feet (11,000 m²),
it is the world's largest mural (according to the Guinness Book of
Records). The mural depicts migratory gray whales and other aquatic life
that can be found in the waters off Long Beach.
In celebration of Earth Day in 2009, Wyland touched up the existing
Whaling Wall and added a large mural of the earth on the roof of the
Meeting roomsThere are two ballrooms: the 20,456 square foot (1900
m²) Grand Ballroom (seating up to 2,100) and the 13,200 square foot
(1300 m²) Promenade Ballroom (seating up to 1,400) plus 34 meeting rooms
totalling 82,823 square feet (7695 m²).
The convention center and theatre part served as host of the fencing
competitions during the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Live concert albums and videos
The Long Beach Arena has been used to record part or all of several
live concert albums and videos, including:
* Berth: The Used live CD/DVD combination, February 6, 2007
* Louder Now:Partone and Louder Now:Parttwo: Taking Back Sunday live
* How the West Was Won album, Led Zeppelin, June 27, 1972
* Leon Live album, Leon Russell, August 28, 1972
* The Night the Light Went On (In Long Beach) album, Electric Light
Orchestra, May, 1974
* Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies album, Eric Clapton, July 19,
1974 & July 20, 1974
* Turn Around, Live Long Beach, Deep Purple, July 1971
* King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Deep Purple in Concert album,
Deep Purple, February 1976
* Live After Death album & Live After Death (video), Iron Maiden,
October 14, 1985
* Singer Bruce Dickinson orders the crowd, "Scream for me Long Beach"
* Live...In the Raw album by W.A.S.P., March 10, 1987
* Psychedelic Sexfunk Live from Heaven video, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
* I Heard a Voice – Live from Long Beach Arena DVD by AFI (release
* Rock Steady Live DVD by No Doubt 2002
* St. Valentine's Day Rock & Roll Massacre: Hustler DVD re-issue,
West Coast Sound February 14, 1980
* Live in the LBC & Diamonds in the Rough DVD by Avenged Sevenfold 16
* Street Songs (album) Deluxe Edition, Live CD by Rick James July 30,
* Medusa: Dare to be Truthful TV special by Julie Brown mid-September
1991 (was also filmed at the Center Theater and Exhibition Hall