The dramatic Anaheim Convention Center, one of my favorite buildings in Orange County, was conceived and designed by Adrian Wilson & Associates in 1965, and built by Del E. Webb Corporation at a cost of $6.8 million. Visible under a layer of concrete are the 200-ton steel arches that peak at 112 feet above arena floor. The original configuration provided a total area of 375,000 square feet, with 100,000 square foot main hall.
Opened in July 1967, the domed building’s elliptical floor plan provided for up to 9,100-seats for performances (6,500 for circus or ice show, 7,800 for basketball, 8,500 for stage performance and 9,100 for boxing).
When opened, it was the fifth largest convention center in the U.S.
The original convention center project staff included Supt. M. D. Stevens; Mickey Brown, engineer; Woody Witaker, foreman; Tom Swann, assistant superintendent; Ed Konkol, office manager and Bob Sheer, project manager.
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