Landers Center
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Former names DeSoto Civic Center (2000-2011)
Location 4560 Venture Drive
Southaven, MS. 38671
Broke ground April 24, 1998[1]
Opened September 16, 2000
Owner DeSoto County, Mississippi
Operator DeSoto County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Construction cost $35 million
Architect Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel Architects[1]
General Contractor Carothers Construction Inc.[1]
Capacity 10,045 (concerts)
8,400 (ice hockey)
8,362 (basketball)
Mississippi RiverKings (SPHL) (2000-present)

The Landers Center is an 8,400-seat multi-purpose arena in Southaven, Mississippi. It was built in 2000. It is home to the Mississippi RiverKings, a team in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Several now-defunct teams have called the Lander's Center home. These teams include the Memphis Xplorers of the AF2 and the Memphis Houn'Dawgs of the American Basketball Association.

It also is used as a concert venue, boxing arena, and for ice shows and circuses. Since 2009, the Mid-South Fair has been held at the Landers Center. Formerly, the fair was held in Memphis at the Memphis Fairgrounds.

The Figure Skating Club of Memphis uses the ice rink during the hockey season to provide Learn to Skate clinics, USFSA Basic Skills Classes, and freestyles for area figure skaters. Memphis Youth Hockey also offers Learn to Skate classes and youth ice hockey through the Civic Center.

Name Change[edit | edit source]

January 4, 2012, Memphis-based Landers Auto Group purchased the naming rights. The name was changed to the Landers Center. The arena still serves the same purpose that the DeSoto Civic Center served. [2]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Johnson, Laurie. "DeSoto Civic Center Groundbreaking Set for Friday", April 23, 1998. Retrieved on October 15, 2011. 
  2. Van Tuyl, Chris. "Memphis-Based Landers Auto Group Buys Naming Rights to DeSoto Civic Center", December 28, 2011. Retrieved on December 28, 2011. 

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