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The Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
is a major convention center in Anaheim, California. It is located across from the Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort
on Katella Avenue. The original components, designed by Adrian Wilson & Associates, opened in July 1967—including a basketball arena followed shortly by the convention hall. It holds many events, like VidCon, BlizzCon, Anime Expo, WonderCon, NAMM Show, competitions, etc. In addition to hosting various types of conventions, the Anaheim Convention Center was used to host the wrestling during the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2] The center has subsequently undergone six major expansions (1974, 1982, 1990, 1993, 1999–2000, 2016-2017). It is the largest exhibit facility on the West Coast.[3]


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The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
in 2007.

Originally, the arena was home to the Anaheim Amigos
Anaheim Amigos
of the American Basketball Association during the first ABA season, 1967–68. The franchise relocated to the Los Angeles Sports Arena
Los Angeles Sports Arena
and became the Los Angeles Stars immediately thereafter; the team eventually moved to Salt Lake City and became the Utah Stars, capturing the 1970–71 ABA Championship. The Stars' subsequent fan support in Utah set the foundation for the NBA's Utah Jazz.[4][5] The San Diego Friars of WTT played some of their home matches in the arena between 1975 and 1977.[6] In 1978, the Anaheim Oranges of WTT used the arena as their primary home venue. The arena was also home to the California Surf
California Surf
of the NASL for one indoor season (1979–80).[7] According to frequent news reports, the largest exposition held at the Convention Center in recent years has been the Winter NAMM Show. This music-equipment convention (trade only, not open to the general public) had 1,560 exhibitors and a record-breaking 88,100 attendees during the 2008 show.[8] The NAMM Show
has been running at the Anaheim Center since 1977, except for a 3-year break in 1998–2000 while the Convention Center underwent major renovations. Recent news reports indicate that NAMM's long-term lease with the Anaheim Convention Center authority ends in 2010, and NAMM is applying pressure to the City of Anaheim to further expand and improve the convention center.[9] The Anime Expo
Anime Expo
was hosted at the Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
in 1996 and again from 2003 through 2006[10] and was one of the convention center's biggest public events. Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard Entertainment
holds BlizzCon
at the venue. In 2005, BlizzCon used the northern two conference halls, (and the arena for a concert one evening). In 2007 and 2008, it used three conference halls. In 2009, it used four conference halls. While tickets to the 2007 event sold out in 3 days, tickets to the October 2008 event sold out "within minutes,"[11] and tickets to the August 2009 event sold out in "56 seconds". Tickets to the 2010 Blizzcon reportedly sold out within 30 seconds. Another large convention held at the Center is the Medical Design and Manufacturing Show, held shortly after Winter NAMM.[12] The venue served as the site for wrestling at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2] The venue hosted the Big West Conference's men's and women's college basketball tournaments from 2001 to 2010 and hosts the 76 Classic basketball tournament. It was briefly home to the Anaheim Arsenal
Anaheim Arsenal
of the basketball league now known as the NBA G League, who relocated to Springfield, Massachusetts for the 2009–10 season and since 2014 have played in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
as the Grand Rapids Drive. During the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
were forced to move Game 4 of their NBA playoff series versus the Utah Jazz to the Convention Center.

2004 Anime Expo

has been held at the Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
since its third annual event in 2012.[13] The new venue offered a much larger capacity than the previously used Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles.[14] WonderCon
is hosted annually at the convention center since 2012, with the exception of 2016 when it was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.[15] The 2012 VEX Robotics World Championship was also held in the convention center. Almost 600 teams were present at the competition which utilized two of the convention center's exhibit halls, as well as the convention centers Arena. In 2013 the VEX Robotics World Championship returned to the Anaheim Convention Center, occupying 3 exhibit halls as well as the arena. There were over 700 teams present, representing 24 nations. Each competed to be crowned the World Championship within their respective divisions. Disney's inaugural D23 Expo, a biennial convention for Disney fans, was held at the Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
in 2009. The convention center has hosted all subsequent D23 Expos.[16] Lucasfilm's Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars Celebration
fan gathering was held at the convention center in 2015.[17] MineCon
was held at the venue in September 2016. It hosts the 2017 World Weightlifting Championships. The arena will host indoor volleyball during the 2028 Summer Olympics.[18] The convention center hosted the 2017 FBLA-PBL
National Leadership Conference. The convention center and arena will host the California
State Future Farmers of America leadership conference in 2018, 2019, and 2020. 6,000 students from across the state of California
are expected to attend the 4 day event. See also[edit]

Convention centers in California List of convention centers in the United States Sports venues in Anaheim, California Tourist attractions in Orange County, California


^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ a b 1984 Summer Olympics
1984 Summer Olympics
official report. Archived 2010-11-02 at the Wayback Machine. Volume 1. Part 1. pp. 153–55. ^ CARPENTER, ERIC. "Anaheim clears way for resort-area expansion". Retrieved 26 January 2017.  ^ Anaheim Amigos
Anaheim Amigos
Archived 2007-03-06 at the Wayback Machine.. Remember the ABA (2004-05-07). Retrieved on 2013-09-06. ^ Utah Stars
Utah Stars
Archived December 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.. Remember the ABA. Retrieved on 2013-09-06. ^ Crossley, Andy (February 6, 2013). "1975-1978 San Diego Friars". Fun While It Lasted. Retrieved August 30, 2014.  ^ "Los Angeles Times: Archives - SURF TO TAKE SOCCER INDOORS AGAINST THE AZTECS TONIGHT". Retrieved 26 January 2017.  ^ NAMM Unifies Industry at Record-Breaking Show — NAMM, The International Music Products Association Archived January 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ TULLY, SARAH. " Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim Convention Center
explores expansion". Retrieved 26 January 2017.  ^ " Anime Expo
Anime Expo
1996 Information". AnimeCons.com. Retrieved 2009-12-03.  ^ Nathaera (2004-08-12). " BlizzCon
Ticket Update #6". World of Warcraft Forums. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-08-12.  ^ MD&M West – Medical Design and Manufacturing Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Green, Hank (July 22, 2011). "ANNOUNCING VIDCON 2012!!". Twitter.  ^ Home. Vidcon.com. Retrieved on 2013-09-06. ^ Woerner, Meredith (March 25, 2016). " WonderCon
will go back to Anaheim in 2017, but L.A. wants it back for 2019". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-03-30.  ^ D23 Expo D23.com. Retrieved May 12, 2014 ^ Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars Celebration
Anaheim starwars.com. Retrieved July 1, 2015 ^ http://la24-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/pdf/LA2024-canditature-part2_english.pdf

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Official website Anaheim.net: City of Anaheim history, including the Convention Center 1966 photo of the Convention Center under construction

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Orange County, California, United States



2012 police shooting and protests 2017 Anaheim protests

Carnegie Library John Woelke House Phillip Ackley Stanton House Samuel Kraemer Building St. Michael's Episcopal Church


Anaheim Hills Anaheim Resort Downtown Anaheim Platinum Triangle

Municipal government

Mayors Anaheim Fire & Rescue Anaheim Police Department

Primary and secondary schools


Anaheim Elementary School District Centralia School District Magnolia School District Savanna School District Anaheim Union High School District

Anaheim High School Katella High School Loara High School Magnolia High School Savanna High School Western High School

Orange Unified School District

Canyon High School

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District


Acaciawood Preparatory Academy Cornelia Connelly High School Fairmont Preparatory Academy Servite High School

Colleges and universities

North Orange County Community College District (Anaheim campus) Anaheim University Bristol University



Anaheim Packing House City National Grove Disneyland Resort

Points of interest

Anaheim Convention Center Anaheim GardenWalk Angel Stadium

Big A Sign

Honda Center


ARTIC Orange County Transportation Authority Anaheim Resort
Anaheim Resort
Transportation Anaheim Rapid Connection



Anaheim Ducks Los Angeles Angels


Anaheim Amigos Anaheim Arsenal Anaheim Bullfrogs Anaheim Piranhas Anaheim Splash Anaheim Storm Anaheim Valencias California

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Sports in Orange County, California


MLB Los Angeles Angels

Ice hockey

NHL Anaheim Ducks


WTT Orange County Breakers

Roller derby

RDCL Orange County Roller Derby

College athletics

NCAA Division I Cal State Fullerton UC Irvine


USL Orange County SC NPSL Orange County FC PDL Orange County SC
Orange County SC
U-23 UPSL California
United FC II, La Máquina FC, Orange County FC 2, Santa Ana Winds FC UWS LA Galaxy OC


NFL Los Angeles Rams ABA Anaheim Amigos NBA Los Angeles Clippers1 NBA D-League Anaheim Arsenal NASL California
Surf APSL Los Angeles Salsa AFL Anaheim Piranhas NLL Anaheim Storm RHI Anaheim Bullfrogs WFL Southern California
Sun CISL Anaheim Splash


Anaheim Convention Center Angel Stadium Anteater Ballpark Anteater Recreation Center Anteater Stadium Bren Events Center Championship Stadium Costa Mesa Speedway Crawford Hall Fairgrounds Grandstand Arena Goodwin Field Heritage Park Aquatic Center Honda Center LeBard Stadium Los Alamitos Race Course Santa Ana Stadium Titan Gym Titan Stadium

1Only played occasional games in Orange County

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Venues of the 1984 Summer Olympics

Los Angeles

Albert Gersten Pavilion Dodger Stadium Eagle's Nest Arena Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Olympic Swim Stadium Pauley Pavilion Streets of Los Angeles

Southern California

Anaheim Convention Center Artesia Freeway Coto de Caza El Dorado Park Fairbanks Ranch Country Club Heritage Park Aquatic Center Lake Casitas Long Beach Arena Long Beach Convention Center Long Beach Shoreline Marina Olympic Velodrome Prado Regional Park Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool Rose Bowl Santa Anita Park Santa Monica College Streets of Mission Viejo Streets of Santa Monica The Forum Titan Gymnasium Weingart Stadium

Other venues

Harvard Stadium
Harvard Stadium
(Boston, Massachusetts) Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
(Annapolis, Maryland) Stanford Stadium
Stanford Stadium
(Stanford, California)

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Olympic venues in wrestling

1896: Panathenaic Stadium 1904: Francis Field 1908: White City Stadium 1912: Stockholm Olympic Stadium 1920: Antwerp Zoo 1924: Vélodrome d'hiver 1928: Krachtsportgebouw 1932: Olympic Auditorium 1936: Deutschlandhalle 1948: Empress Hall, Earl's Court, Harringay Arena 1952: Messuhalli 1956: Royal Exhibition Building 1960: Basilica of Maxentius 1964: Komazawa Gymnasium 1968: Insurgentes Ice Rink 1972: Messegelände, Judo- und Ringerhalle 1976: Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Maurice Richard Arena 1980: CSKA Athletics Fieldhouse 1984: Anaheim Convention Center 1988: Sangmu Gymnasium 1992: Institut National d'Educació Física de Catalunya 1996: Georgia World Congress Center 2000: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre 2004: Ano Liosia Olympic Hall 2008: China Agricultural University Gymnasium 2012: ExCeL 2016: Carioca Arena 2 2020: Makuhari Messe 2024: AccorHotels Arena 2028: Pauley Pavilion

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Olympic venues in volleyball

1964 Komazawa Volleyball
Courts, Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium
(final) 1968 Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium (final), Juan Escutia Sports Palace, Revolution Ice Rink 1972 Volleyballhalle 1976 Montreal Forum
Montreal Forum
(final), Paul Sauvé Centre 1980 Druzhba Multipurpose Arena, Minor Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium (final) 1984 Long Beach Arena 1988 Hanyang University Gymnasium, Jamsil Gymnasium (final), Saemaul Sports Hall 1992 Palau dels Esports de Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi
Palau Sant Jordi
(final), Pavelló de la Vall d'Hebron 1996 Clayton County International Park (2-man), Omni Coliseum
Omni Coliseum
(indoor final), Stegeman Coliseum 2000 Bondi Beach, Sydney Entertainment Centre
Sydney Entertainment Centre
(indoor final), Sydney Showground Pavilion 4 2004 Faliro Olympic Beach Volleyball
Centre, Peace and Friendship Stadium 2008 Beijing Institute of Technology Gymnasium, Capital Indoor Stadium (indoor final), Chaoyang Park Beach Volleyball
Ground 2012 Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Horse Guards Parade 2016 Beach Volleyball
Arena, Maracanãzinho 2020 Ariake Arena, Shiokaze Park 2024 Le Bourget, Champ de Mars 2028 Honda Center, Anaheim Convention Center, Santa Monica State Beach

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Founded 1966 Based in Anaheim, California

Club history

St. Louis Stars (1966–1977) St. Louis Stars (1971, 1975–1976) (indoor) California Surf
California Surf
(1978–1981) California Surf
California Surf
(1979–1981) (indoor)

Sports facilities

Busch Memorial Stadium Francis Field St. Louis Arena Anaheim Stadium Anaheim Convention Center

Important figures

Laurie Abrahams Peter Bonetti Paulo Cézar Caju Paul Cahill Charlie Cooke Casey Frankiewicz George Graham Bob Kehoe Pat McBride Steve Moyers Dragan Popović Willy Roy John Sewell Carlos Alberto Torres Al Trost

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