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Date Opened 1970
Venue Capacity 13,800
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Venue Address 1000 Coliseum Dr
Hampton, VA 23666

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Located in Hampton, Virginia, the Hampton Coliseum is a multi-use facility owned by the city of Hampton. It is mainly used to host concerts, and is a regular stop on the World Wrestling Entertainment tour. The Hampton Roads Coliseum, as it was originally known when built in 1970, was the Hampton Roads metropolitan area's (and the state of Virginia's) first large multi-purpose arena. The arena seats about 13,800 for festival-style concerts and 9,777 for basketball. The 1987-1989 Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball tournaments were held there, as was the 1985 Sun Belt Conference tourney.

The Hampton Coliseum was also one of several former homes of the American Basketball Association (1967-1976) professional basketball franchise Virginia Squires. The Squires played there (in addition to the Roanoke Civic Center, Richmond Coliseum, and the Norfolk Scope, all within the state of Virginia) from 1970 to 1976. According to Hampton Coliseum officials, the Virginia Squires played their first game at the Coliseum on October 22, 1970, and their last game on April 6, 1976. The Coliseum was home to the Virginia Wings and Hampton Gulls hockey teams in the American Hockey League. The Hampton Coliseum is also the home of the Virginia Duals annual wrestling tournament, hosting invitational college and high school matches.

The arena was one of the favorite venues of the jam band Phish; their live album Hampton Comes Alive was recorded there. In 1981, the Rolling Stones played a legendary gig at the Coliseum. The show was broadcast on the radio and the bootleg of the show remains one of the most popular among the Stones' hardcore fans. The Stones also recorded a video for the song "Satisfaction" during that show. That video is widely remembered for the fact that guitarist Keith Richards took off his guitar and swung it at a fan trying to run across the stage. In 2006, Dave Matthews Band released its Dec. 31, 1996, show at the venue as Live Trax Vol. 7. It is considered one of the finest shows in the group's history. Hampton Coliseum was also a favorite venue for the Grateful Dead. Their first of many shows was on May 4, 1979. In 1989, to keep the crowds small, they billed themselves as the Warlocks for a 2-night run that produced some spectactular music.

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