Music - Feelin' Satisfied by Boston.... Tom Scholz is from Toledo
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Toledo Sports Arena - Opened 1947, closed and demolished in 2007. Site as of 2012 is a vacant lot.
Location - 1 Main Street Toledo, Ohio. Located across the Maumee River east of downtown Toledo.
During its long run, the Toledo Sports Arena was THE venue for northwest Ohio. Small in capacity, but big on delivering the who's who of music. Everyone from Elvis to Rush played here. Even though music was brought to the arena, hockey was king. Starting in 1947 with the Toledo Mercurys of the now defunct International Hockey League. They had one of the longest runs, lasting all the way till 1962. In 1963, the Toledo Blades followed and they lasted until 1970 when they changed their name to the Toledo Hornets. The Hornets up and relocated to Lansing Michigan after the 1974 season. Enter the Toledo Golddiggers, who lasted from 1974 until 1986 when they suspended operations. The final team to call the Sports Arena home was the Toledo Storm. They were a member of the ECHL. In 2007 the fate of the Sports Arena was decided, and the Storm ceased operations.
The end of the line for the arena was late summer of 2007. The building had become obsolete. Great sight lines could not make up for the cramped locker rooms, small concourses and bathrooms, and lack of any sort of luxury suites. The Sports Arena was replaced by the brand new Lucas County Arena which opened in 2009. The new arena is right across the Maumee river from the site of the old Sports Arena. In 2011, the arena changed its name to the Huntington Center. Hockey has returned to Toledo with the Walleye of the ECHL. The new arena is bigger, and overall more modern than its predecessor. But, you can bet many people from northern Ohio recall fondly their nights at the old barn.....
The Toledo Sports Arena in 1987. Twenty years before demolition.