Owensboro Sportscenter

Owensboro, KY - Arena

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The Sportscenter, one of Owensboro's most historic buildings, opened in 1949. It is a multi-purpose 5,000 seat arena that hosts graduations, concerts, sporting events, trade shows, meetings, and receptions.

Venue Snapshot

Spectra Divisions

Food Services & Hospitality
Venue Management


1215 Hickman Ave,
Owensboro, KY 42301

Services Provided

  • Complete Venue Management Services
  • Spectra Food Services & Hospitality

Venue Facts

  • The arena floor has over 11,000 square feet of usable space and can be modified for basketball, concerts, rodeos, expos, banquets, and a variety of other events.

Notable Events & Accomplishments

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-The TBL (The Basketball League) team, the Owensboro Thoroughbreds
- The Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers Men's and Women's Basketball of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference
- The Owensboro Catholic High School Aces Basketball

Notable Venue Information

- Adolph Ruppa's 'Fab Five' University of Kentucky team dedicated the Owensboro Sportscenter on February 5, 1949
- Several big name artists performed at the Owensboro Sportscenter, especially in the late 1950's and 1960's, including Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Gene Autry, Eddie Arnold, Liberace, Merle Haggard, Bob Hope, and Roy Rogers
- Brought back concerts to the venue
- Host site for 3rd Region Basketball Tournament since 2012
- Renovated and expanded concessions area, LED lighting over arena floor, New basketball floor, LED video boards/scoreboards, newly renovated hospitality room and some restrooms, and a new roof