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Idaho Central Arena
The Grove Plaza entrance to CenturyLink Arena Boise.jpg
The Grove Plaza at north entrance, October 2019
Full nameIdaho Central Arena
Former namesBank of America Centre (1997–2005)
Qwest Arena (2005–2011)[1]
CenturyLink Arena (2011–2020)
Location233 S. Capitol Boulevard
Boise, Idaho, U.S.
Coordinates43°36′50″N 116°12′14″W / 43.614°N 116.204°W / 43.614; -116.204Coordinates: 43°36′50″N 116°12′14″W / 43.614°N 116.204°W / 43.614; -116.204
OwnerBlock 22 LLC
OperatorBlock 22 LLC
CapacityIce hockey: 5,002
Basketball: 5,732
Concerts: 6,800
Boxing: 6,400
Broke groundJanuary 21, 1996[2]
OpenedSeptember 24, 1997[3]
24 years ago
Construction cost$50 million
($79.6 million in 2019[4])
Structural engineerCary Kopczynski & Company[6]
Services engineerEngineering Incorporated[7]
General contractorPCL/McAlvain[8][9]
Idaho Steelheads (ECHL) (1997–present)
Idaho/Boise Stallions (IPFL) (2000–2001)
Idaho Stampede (NBA D-League) (2005–2016)
Boise Burn (AF2) (2007–2009)
Treasure Valley Rollergirls (WFTDA) (2008–present)
Boise is located in USA West
Location in the western United States

Idaho Central Arena (originally Bank of America Centre, formerly Qwest Arena and CenturyLink Arena) is a multi-purpose arena in the western United States, located in Boise, Idaho. Its seating capacity is 5,002 for ice hockey, 5,300 for basketball, 5,732 for end-stage concerts, 6,400 for boxing, and up to 6,800 for center-stage concerts. With 4,508 permanent seats, it was built for $50 million. In downtown Boise, its street level elevation is approximately 2,700 feet (825 m) above sea level.

Opened 24 years ago, it has been the home arena of the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL since 1997. Other tenants include the Boise Stallions of the Indoor Professional Football League in 2000 and 2001, the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League from 2005 to 2016, and the Boise Burn of the af2 from 2007 to 2009.

Originally the Bank of America Centre, it became Qwest Arena in 2005.[1] With CenturyLink's takeover of Qwest Communications in 2011, the venue was renamed on August 18 that same year.[10] On September 16, 2020, Idaho Central Credit Union purchased the naming rights, giving the building its current title.[11]

  1. ^ a b Patrick, Jay (May 12, 2011). "New name, branding coming for Qwest Arena". Idaho Business Review. (Boise). Retrieved September 29, 2017.
  2. ^ "Boise Builds Hotel, Sports Arena". Hotel & Motel Management. 211 (1): 30. January 22, 1996. Retrieved February 13, 2015.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Sharks Bow to Kings". Lodi News-Sentinel. September 25, 1997. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  4. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "Bank of America Centre". Keith Henrickson. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Boise Grove". Cary Kopczynski & Company. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "Robert D. Tikker - Experience" (PDF). Tikker Engineering. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2004. Retrieved September 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "The Grove Hotel and Bank of America Centre". PCL Construction. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Grove Hotel and Events Center". McAlvain Construction. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Qwest Arena becomes CenturyLink Arena Boise". Idaho Steelheards. August 18, 2011. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  11. ^ "CenturyLink no more: Downtown arena gets new name". BoiseDev. 2020-09-17. Retrieved 2020-09-18.

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