Nutter Center facts for kids
|Full name||Wright State University Nutter Center|
|Former names||Ervin J. Nutter Center (1990–2011)|
|Address||3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Fairborn, Ohio 45435-0001
|Owner||Wright State University|
|Field size||Ice surface: 200 x 85 ft (61 x 26 m)|
|Opened||December 1, 1990|
|Construction cost||US$34.5 million
($79 million in 2021 dollars )
|Structural engineer||KZF Design|
|Wright State Raiders (NCAA) (1990–present)
Dayton Wings (WBL) (1991–92)
Dayton Bombers (ECHL) (1996–2009)
Dayton Warbirds (NIFL) (2005)
Dayton Bulldogs (NIFL) (2006)
The Nutter Center is a multi-purpose arena located at the Wright State University, in Fairborn, Ohio. In addition to hosting the Wright State Raiders basketball team, the Nutter Center serves as a music venue for touring concerts and shows. High schools in the area also commonly use the arena to host graduation ceremonies.
A local businessman and inventor, Ervin J. Nutter, donated $1.5 million to Wright State University in 1986. Funds from both the state of Ohio and the university contributed an additional $8 million to construction efforts which began in 1988. Work was completed twenty months later and on December 1, 1990, the Nutter Center held its first official event.
- 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001 & 2007 Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now Horizon League) men's basketball tournament.
- 2014 Horizon League championship game
- The Harlem Globetrotters have performed at the Nutter Center every New Year's Eve since at least 2005.
- 1993 WWE's King of the Ring 1993 tournament.
- WWE vs. ECW Head to Head special held in 2006.
- Hosted its second WWE Raw, the night following WrestleMania 23 on April 2, 2007.
- Taping of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on Tuesday May 12, 2009.
- Live WWE Raw on Monday January 4, 2010, which featured the WWE return of Bret Hart, who served as a guest host. This episode of Raw went head-to-head against wrestling promotion TNA on TV for the very first time.
- Taping of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on Tuesday December 7, 2010.
- Live WWE Raw on Monday April 30, 2012.
- Live WWE Raw on Monday November 19, 2012.
- Live WWE Raw on Monday January 20, 2014. Which Saw The Return Of The Animal Batista.
- Taping of "WWE SmackDown" on Tuesday February 10, 2015.
- Taping of "WWE SmackDown" on Tuesday January 19, 2016.
- Live "WWE SmackDown" on Tuesday June 20, 2017.
- Live "WWE SmackDown" on Tuesday March 12, 2019.
Dire Straits played on their final tour, the ‘On Every Street’ tour. They played the Nutter Center on February 21, 1992.
- The band Phish played a concert at the venue on December 7, 1997, which was released in its entirety on their 2008 live album Live Phish 12.07.97.
- Barack Obama's "Keeping America’s Promise" rally, on Monday, February 25, 2008.
- “Road to the Convention Rally” on August 29, 2008, at which time Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, was announced as presumptive Republican presidential candidate John McCain's vice-presidential candidate, or running mate.
- On May 17–18, 2013, the Nutter Center hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2013 Science Olympiad National Tournament.
- July 22, 2015, the band Eagles performed one of their last stops on their History of the Eagles Tour.
- The Nutter Center was originally scheduled to host the first 2016 presidential debate but the venue was changed due to security and financial concerns.
- The Nutter Center is frequently used as a competition venue for the Winter Guard International indoor percussion, color guard, and winds championship.
- On May 19–20, 2017, the Nutter Center hosted the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2017 Science Olympiad National Tournament.
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