Glens Falls Civic Center

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Glens Falls Civic Center
Location 1 Civic Center Plaza
Glens Falls, NY 12801
Broke ground August 15, 19771
Opened May 18, 19791
Owner City of Glens Falls
Operator Global Spectrum
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $3 million1
($9.75 million in 2014 dollars2)
Architect Crandell Associates3
General contractor Lino Associates1
Capacity 4,794 permanent seats plus capacity for 1,000 seated or standing on floor and 1,000 along promenade for standing room only4
NYSPHSAA Boy's Basketball Championships
Adirondack Phantoms (AHL) (2009–2014)
Adirondack Red Wings (AHL) (1979–1999)
Adirondack Frostbite (UHL) (2000–2006)
Adirondack Wildcats (USBL) (2002–2004)
Empire State Cobras (RHI) (1996)

Glens Falls Civic Center is a 4,794-seat multi-purpose arena, located in downtown Glens Falls, New York, that currently serves as the home of the Adirondack Phantoms, of the AHL. Built in 1979, it was originally the home of the Adirondack Red Wings, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

On June 21, 1989, The Who kicked off their 25th Anniversary Tour here. This is the first time in 7 years they've been on tour. This also marked their first performance without drummer Kenney Jones, who replaced Keith Moon in 1979, he was replaced by Simon Phillips.

On October 31, 1994, it became the site of the first of six "Halloween costumes" by jam band Phish. That evening, in the middle of a three set concert, Phish performed The Beatles' White Album in its entirety. The show was recorded and later released as a live album, entitled Live Phish Volume 13.citation needed Phish returned to the Civic Center on October 23, 2013, playing "Back in the USSR" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" from the White Album.

For the 2007–08 AHL season and 2008–09 AHL season, the nearby Albany River Rats played four home games in Glens Falls in order to gauge the community's interest in whether an American Hockey League franchise could relocate to Glens Falls. City government officials and arena management were looking into the possibility of acquiring a franchise to play in the Civic Center.

In April 2008, the building became one of the management properties of Global Spectrum for the city of Glens Falls, New York.

On February 12, 2009, the Center was announced to be a potential temporary home to the Philadelphia Phantoms AHL team, who would leave Philadelphia following the 2009 season due to the demolition of the Wachovia Spectrum.5

The Glens Falls Civic Center has been the host of the New York State Basketball Championships through 2014.6 The Federation tournament was previously held at the Glens Falls Civic Center up until 2011, when it was moved to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.citation needed

Another notable event at the Civic Center came on December 8, 2010, when it hosted a basketball game between BYU and Vermont billed as the "Hometown Classic". The game served as a homecoming for BYU star Jimmer Fredette, who had led Glens Falls High School to the New York state championship game, held at this facility, in 2007.7 A beyond-capacity crowd of 6,300, which also included former BYU great and current Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge, saw Fredette's Cougars win 86–58.78


  1. ^ a b c d Kane, Mike (1994). Minor in Name Only: The History of the Adirondack Red Wings. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 978-1-57167-004-5. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
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  4. ^ Leone, Tim (October 4, 2013). "Hershey Bears 2013-14 Preview: AHL Eastern Conference Overview". The Patriot-News (Harrisburg). Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Phantoms on Their Way to Lehigh Valley". Courier-Post. February 12, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2009. dead link
  6. ^ Garcia, Marien (December 8, 2010). "Jimmer Fredette's Hometown Pulls Unlikely Deal to Host BYU Star". USA Today. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Associated Press (December 8, 2010). "Jimmer Fredette Hammers Vermont in Return to Hometown". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ Associated Press (December 8, 2010). "Box Score: (21) BYU 86, Vermont 58". Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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Preceded by
Wachovia Spectrum
Home of the
Adirondack Phantoms

2009 – present
Succeeded by
PPL Center

Coordinates: 43°18′29″N 73°38′30″W / 43.308169°N 73.641782°W / 43.308169; -73.641782

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