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Arena Report - Tyson Event Center
On Monday, Raw will continue paving the Road to WrestleMania when the show airs live from the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City, Iowa. The arena has only been open since December 2003, but Sioux City has seen plenty of WWE action.
In 2004, Randy Orton teamed with Chris Benoit to defeat then World Heavyweight Champion Triple H & Batista. Flash forward to 2006 when Eugene shocked the crowd by defeating both Vince & Shane McMahon in a No DQ Handicap Match in Sioux City.
Outside of sports-entertainment, the Tyson Event Center hosts the Sioux City Bandits arena football team and Sioux City Musketeers ice hockey franchise. Top music acts like Aerosmith, Cher and Fleetwood Mac have also headlined the arena.
Country music has also frequented the Tyson Event Center, and WWE fan Jennifer Roth has made the trip to Sioux City for acts such as Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban. Roth says, "this is much nicer than the old arena, there is more room." Roth also is a big fan of the upgraded concessions, saying that when she attends events at the Tyson Event Center, she always "gets some pizza."
Glen Walinski, Facility Manager of the Tyson Event Center, said that the first ticketed event at the new center was February 1st, 2004, when Scott Hamilton's Champions on Ice visited. "We are a multi-purpose facility. We do concerts, family shows and sporting events throughout the year."
Walinski can't remember any specific events that stand out above the others, but he guesses, "beer is a best-selling concession" at the Tyson Event Center.
The Sioux City Auditorium served Sioux City for over 50 years before the Tyson Center was built, and the auditorium remains attached to the new cente.
For a look inside the Tyson Event Center, tune into Raw tonight at 9/8 CT on USA Network.