The John A. Carlson Community Activity Center
The Carlson Center
Location 2010 Second Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Opened June 13, 1990
Owner Fairbanks North Star Borough
Operator SMG
Surface 200' x 100' (hockey)
Tenants Alaska Nanooks (CCHA) (1990-present)
Fairbanks Grizzlies (Indoor Football League]) (2008-present)
Capacity 4,595 (hockey/indoor football)
5,703 (basketball), 6443 (concert)

The Carlson Center is a 6443-seat multi-purpose arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. It is home to the University of Alaska Nanooks ice hockey team of the CCHA, the Fairbanks Grizzlies of the Indoor Football League, and is also the site used for the university's commencement exercises as well as graduation ceremonies for Lathrop, West Valley, and North Pole high schools. The building also served as the site for the Top Of The World preseason college basketball tournament until its demise in 2007. Opening in 1990, the venue is named after John A. Carlson (1920-1988), who served as Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor from 1968 to 1982.

The Carlson Center first opened its doors on June 13, 1990. It serves as Interior Alaska's largest event facility and only facility in the Interior with tradeshow decorating capabilities. It is host to many events ranging from concerts and tradeshows to small meetings, conventions, receptions, you name the event and they can do it. The Carlson Center also has its own catering department and caters many upscale wedding receptions, holiday parties and more.

The facility is located on the banks of the Chena River, near Growden Memorial Park]. It is owned by the Fairbanks North Star Borough and managed by SMG of Alaska, Inc. which also manages the Sullivan Arena, Egan Civic Center and ice arenas in Anchorage, Alaska.

It is one of two CCHA arenas (Berry Events Center is the other) that has Olympic-sized ice (200 feet long by 100 feet wide).

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