Southern New Hampshire University Arena
555 Elm Street
Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, 03101
The Southern New Hampshire University Arena (SNHU Arena) is an indoor events arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, and seats 9,852 for ice hockey, 11,140 for basketball and up to 11,770 for concerts.
The facility was originally known during construction as Manchester Civic Arena, and this name still appears on most of the directional signs around town. Its naming rights were sold prior to opening in 2001 and was called Verizon Wireless Arena.
On February 2, 2016, Southern New Hampshire University announced that it had purchased the naming rights from SMG. The specific amount of money involved was never revealed, but it is known that the deal provides for student internships at the arena, and that the school will be able to use the arena for its own sporting and other events.
The arena's exterior includes its notable curved blue roof, which helps heavy New Hampshire snowfall to slide off. The top half of the arena's facade is a steel oval, the western side of which is lit during events and is visible from the west side of the city and from Interstate 293. The lower half of the building is red brick (similar to that found on Manchester's iconic mills). The main entrance on the western side of the arena is entirely glass.
The arena has hosted dozens of concerts by major performers, many of whom have visited the Manchester venue on multiple occasions.
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