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Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum
Riding Coliseum Michigan State Fair Detroit.jpg
Coliseum at the Michigan State Fair
Former names Hockeytown State Fair Coliseum
Location 1120 W. State Fair Ave.,
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°26′36″N 83°7′3″W / 42.44333°N 83.11750°W / 42.44333; -83.11750
Capacity 5,600
Surface 200 by 85 feet (61 m × 26 m) (hockey)
Opened 1922
Architect Lynn W. Fry
Wayne State Warriors (CHA) (1999–2000, 2005–2008)
Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic Knights (CHSL) (2006–2007, 2008–2009)
Michigan State Fair Riding Coliseum, Dairy Cattle Building, and Agricultural Building
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
NRHP reference No. 80001925
Added to NRHP June 6, 1980

Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum (also Hockeytown State Fair Coliseum) is a 5,600-seat multi-purpose arena in Detroit, Michigan. The coliseum, built in 1922, is part of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds. The Michigan State Fair, the oldest state fair in the United States, was held here until 2009. The coliseum has also been the long-time venue of Detroit performances by the Shrine Circus.

Between 1999–2008, the Coliseum was home to the Wayne State University Warriors ice hockey team. Wayne State played its first collegiate hockey season in 1999 at the arena following the coliseum's renovation. Wayne State played its next three seasons at the Great Lakes Sports City Superior Arena in Fraser and then two seasons at the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth before returning to the Coliseum in 2005. The arena was also host to the 2006 men's and women's College Hockey America conference tournament.

Between early 1999 and mid-2000, the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum was the site of three Extreme Championship Wrestling house shows.

In 2006 the Royal Oak-Shrine Catholic High School Knights ice hockey team began playing at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum. The team left in 2007; they returned in the 2008-2009 season for their first varsity season.

The Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League, which had suspended operations in 2006, planned to resume in 2008 and play at the Coliseum. But this never took place, and the UHL (rebranded as the International Hockey League) closed in 2010.

The exterior of the coliseum was used as the Flint Fairgrounds Coliseum in the 2008 movie Semi-Pro.

In 2020, the state fairgrounds were sold to Amazon; the company plans to convert the site into a $400 million distributaion center. As of this date, it is planned that the buildings on the site, including the Coliseum, will be demolished.

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