The Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena

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The Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena

The Proud Tradition of Brown County Arena

The Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena is in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin which is a suburb of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The arena is also known as, simply, the Brown County Arena. It is located at the intersection of Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue, across the street from the home of the Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field. The arena seats 5,248 spectators and had its inauguration on November 11, 1958. It was Green Bay’s and Brown County’s primary indoor arena until 2002 when the Resch Center, with a seating capacity of 10,200, was opened.

Professional wrestling was once a very active part in the life of the arena. In the 1990’s and the early years of the 2000’s the World Wrestling Federation held live events and, also, taped TV events in the arena. When the Resch Center opened, they permanently left the arena for the larger venue.

In 2011, Wisconsin boys’ sectional basketball tournament play left the Brown County Arena in favor of the more up-to-date facilities available in most high school gyms.

The Arena is used today for concerts, local smaller-scale sporting shows, RV and boating shows, home and garden shows, ice shows, and high school graduation ceremonies, but it has mostly been displaced as a sports arena. It is sometimes used as a backup venue for Resch Center if there is a scheduling conflict. Brown County continues to maintain the arena and, since 2006 it has spent over $1 million dollars on arena improvement and maintenance projects. The largest project was in 2007 with an arena roof replacement that cost over $800 thousand.

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