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Huntington Center
Former names Lucas County Arena (2009–2010)
Location 500 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Owner Lucas County
Operator SMG
Capacity Concerts: 4,784 (half-house)
5,903 (3/4 house)
7,286 (End-stage)
9,341 (center-stage)
Basketball: 8,000
Ice Hockey: 7,389 (8,300 with standing room)
Surface Concrete
Broke ground October 1, 2007
Opened October 3, 2009
Construction cost $105 million
($133 million in 2021 dollars )
Architect HNTB
The Collaborative Inc.
Project manager Project Management Consultants LLC
Structural engineer Poggemeyer Design Group
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.
General contractor Lathrop/R. Gant LLC
Toledo Walleye (ECHL) (2009–present)
Toledo Crush (LFL) (2014)

The Huntington Center is an 8,000-seat multi-purpose arena in downtown Toledo, Ohio. It was completed in 2009 and cost $105 million to build. It replaced the Toledo Sports Arena, which has since been demolished.

It serves as the home of the Toledo Walleye ECHL ice hockey team, and was the home of the Toledo Crush of the Legends Football League for the 2014 season.


After a successful partnership on the Mud Hens Stadium (Fifth Third Field), the Lucas County Commissioners 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, for a new arena.

The arena was designed as the first new LEED sports arena in the United States. The arena's signature green design element is a 900-square-foot (84 m2) "green wall" outside of the building, to 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 near mass transit systems, use of a light-colored roof membrane to reflect heat and sunlight, and underground cisterns collecting rain water to re-use for landscaping purposes around the arena, are also emphasized to earn LEED points for the project.

The Huntington Center opened in 2009.

Notable events

The Huntington Center was formerly known as the Lucas County Arena

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 Jeff Dunham.

Other performances that have happened at the Huntington Center include: Janet Jackson, Daughtry, Tool, Lil' Wayne, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Brad Paisley, Stevie Nicks, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, and Bob Seger. It is also the Toledo-area stop for World Wrestling Entertainment.

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated bought the naming rights to Lucas County Arena in April 2010 and renamed it as 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 are to be applied to paying down the arena's $90 million debt.

The Huntington Center hosted the 2019 CCM/ECHL All Star Classic on January 21, 2019.

On January 9, 2020, President Trump held a Keep America Great rally.

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