Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena
Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena (nicknamed "The Floyd"; originally known as Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena) is a 6,925-seat multi-purpose arena located in Binghamton, New York. The Arena was completed in 1973, providing an entertainment venue for residents of the Greater Binghamton area. The arena contains eight luxury suites, each holding 25 fans (200 total). A longtime home to minor league hockey, the arena is currently home to the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League.
Greater Binghamton's Premier Events Destination
|Former names||Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena|
|Location||One Stuart Street|
Binghamton, New York 13901
Ice hockey: 4,710
|Broke ground||June 1971|
|Opened||August 29, 1973|
|Construction cost||$7.5 million|
($42.3 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Elbasani Logan & Severin|
|Structural engineer||T. Y. Lin & Associates|
|General contractor||E. L. Nezelek|
|Broome Dusters (NAHL) (1973–1977) |
Binghamton Dusters (AHL) (1977–1980)
Binghamton Whalers (AHL) (1980–1990)
Binghamton Rangers (AHL) (1990–1997)
B.C. Icemen (UHL) (1997–2002)
Binghamton Senators (AHL) (2002–2017)
Binghamton Devils (AHL) (2017–present)
The first act was the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, in an unfinished Arena in May 1973. Chicago played the first concert at the arena (with Bruce Springsteen as opener) on June 13, 1973. The ribbon cutting and first event on ice was with the Ice Capades; and the Broome Dusters of the North American Hockey League were the building's first full-time tenant. The Broome Dusters became the Binghamton Dusters in 1977 and moved into the American Hockey League. That AHL franchise would go through a number of name changes, becoming the Whalers and Rangers before moving in 1997. The BC Icemen, of the United Hockey League, occupied the Arena for five seasons until the AHL returned. From 2002 to 2016, the Arena was home to the Binghamton Senators, who were affiliated with the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League. In 2017, the Senators were replaced with the New Jersey Devils' affiliate, the Binghamton Devils.
The Arena has hosted some notable names in entertainment: AC/DC, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Kenny Rogers, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Van Halen, Elton John, Keith Sweat, Cher, Dolly Parton, Grateful Dead, Phish, Green Day, Twisted Sister, Stone Temple Pilots and Carrie Underwood to name but a few. Trade shows, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Harlem Globetrotters, and the Circus all make yearly visits. Plus, every December, the Arena played host to the Stop-DWI Holiday Classic (1992-2014), which was one of the premiere high school basketball tournaments in the nation. In 2016, the arena was awarded the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys' basketball championship. The arena contains 17,000 square feet of space on the arena floor and an additional 12,000 square feet on the concourse.
Elvis Presley performed back-to-back sold out concerts at the Arena, May 26 & 27, just prior to his death in the summer of 1977.
The Arena played host to the 2008 AHL All-Star Classic, with the skills contest and game broadcast on consecutive nights on live TV across the US and Canada.
Binghamton Hockey Hall of FameEdit
The Arena is home to the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame, with a display of plaques on the main concourse. Current inductees are:
1999: Rod Bloomfield, Jacques Caron, Paul Stewart
2000: Paul Crowley, Paul Fenton, Larry Pleau
2001: Craig Duncanson, Pierre Laganiere, Brad Shaw
2002: Chris Cichocki, Peter Sidorkiewicz, Ross Yates
2003: Roger Neel, Peter Fiorentino
2004: Peter Laviolette, Jon Smith, Bob Sullivan
2005: Don Biggs, Dallas Gaume, Brad Jones
2006: Ken Gernander, Dave Staffen
2007: Gary Jaquith, Brian McReynolds
2008: AHL All Star Game - No Inductions
2009: Mike Dunham, Glenn Merkosky
2010: Daniel Lacroix, Tom Mitchell
2012: Mike Busniuk, Chris Ferraro, Peter Ferraro
2013: Bob Carr, Al Hill
2014: Denis Hamel
2015: Rob Zamuner, Bob Moppert, Scott Allegrino
2016: Richard Grenier, Jean-Yves Roy, Justin Plamondon
2017: Ray Emery, Steve Stirling, Patrick Snyder
2018: Brian McGrattan, Larry Kish
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