Huntington Center (Toledo)

Orientation & Geography

North America, United States, Lucas County

The Huntington Center is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena in downtown Toledo, Ohio It was completed in 2009 and cost between $80 and 105 million to build. It replaced the demolished Toledo Sports Arena. The new arena is home of the Toledo Walleye ECHL ice hockey team beginning in the 2009–10 season Toledo Arena Sports, Inc., had been in discussions with the National Basketball Association to bring an NBA Developmental League team to the arena, but plans have been shelved for the moment due to scheduling conflicts with Walleye games. Toledo Arena Sports has not totally abandoned the idea and an NBA-D team could be developed in the future. After a successful partnership on the Mud Hens Stadium (Fifth Third Field), the Lucas County Commissioners again teamed with HNTB Architecture Inc., a national sports architecture firm located in Kansas City; The Collaborative Inc, of Toledo; and Poggemeyer Design Group, of Toledo. The arena is also looking to become the first new LEED sports arena in the United States. The arena's signature green design element is a 900-square-foot (84 m) "green wall" outside of the building, which will feature the use of plant life on the exterior of the building to help cool the arena by shading the glass-enclosed main entrance of the arena. The arena's location to mass transit systems, use of a light-colored roof membrane that reflects sunlight and underground cisterns collecting rain water to re-use for landscaping purposes around the arena, are also emphasized to acquire LEED points for the project. The arena is part of a complex that includes SeaGate Convention Centre and Fifth Third Field. The first person to perform at this venue was comedian Jeff Dunham. Other performances that have happened at the Huntington Center include: Daughtry, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, and Bob Seger. Huntington Bancshares Incorporated bought the naming rights to Lucas County Arena in April 2010 and renamed the arena the Huntington Center. The six-year, $2.1 million naming rights and sponsorship agreement includes three renewal options of six years each, and could mean total Huntington payments of $11 million. The proceeds will go toward paying down the arena's $90 million debt.