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The '''L.C. Walker Arena''' is a 5,100-seat multi-purpose [[arena]] in [[Muskegon, Michigan]]. It was built in 1960 by money from the estate of the late Louis Carlisle Walker at a cost of $1 million, and on October 27, 1960 was given to the City of Muskegon. It is currently home to the [[Muskegon Lumberjacks]] and [[West Michigan Blizzard]] [[Ice hockey]] teams and was home to the Muskegon Thunder Indoor Football League team until 2009.
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The '''Mercy Health Arena''' ''previously the L.C. Walker Arena'' is a 5,100-seat multi-purpose [[arena]] in [[Muskegon, Michigan]]. It was built in 1960 by money from the estate of the late Louis Carlisle Walker at a cost of $1 million, and on October 27, 1960 was given to the City of Muskegon. It is currently home to the [[Muskegon Lumberjacks]] and [[West Michigan Blizzard]] [[Ice hockey]] teams and was home to the Muskegon Thunder Indoor Football League team until 2009.
   
The arena was built on a site of a former supermarket, and in addition to sports is also used for concerts, trade shows, conventions and other events. The arena measures 39 ft. from the arena floor to the ceiling. The arena contains 17,000 sq. ft. of arena floor space, and can seat between 5,178 to 6,000 for basketball, up to 5,600 for concerts, and 5,000 for ice shows and wrestling.
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The arena was built on a site of a former supermarket, and in addition to sports is also used for concerts, trade shows, conventions and other events. The arena measures 39 ft. from the arena floor to the ceiling. The arena contains 17,000 sq. ft. of arena floor space, and can seat between 5,178 to 6,000 for basketball, up to 5,600 for concerts, and 5,000 for ice shows and wrestling.
   
 
A portion of a former Plumb's grocery store, built in 1936, was actually incorporated into the Arena; it is now known as the LC Walker Arena annex, used for conventions, banquets, meetings and other special events.
 
A portion of a former Plumb's grocery store, built in 1936, was actually incorporated into the Arena; it is now known as the LC Walker Arena annex, used for conventions, banquets, meetings and other special events.
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The city took over operations of the facility in July of 2015 when the ownership of the Muskegon Lumberjacks filed for bankruptcy and were in the process of being sold.
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The arena is scheduled to undergo a renovation during the summer of 2018 to improve seating, ceiling repairs, removal of old heating and cooling equipment. replacement of the arena glass, restroom and concession upgrades and other ADA compliance upgrades.<ref>https://arenadigest.com/2018/05/14/lc-walker-arena-upgrades-tap/</ref>
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The selling of naming rights to the facility were announced in October of 2019.  The arena was renamed '''Mercy Health Arena '''prior to the end of the year.
   
 
==Louis Carlisle Walker==
 
==Louis Carlisle Walker==
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Louis Carlisle Walker (1875 - 1953) was a furniture maker, and founder of the Shaw-Walker company which revolutionized the office furniture industry. His success in business was matched by his generosity to the community, and the arena has bared his name since it first opened.
 
Louis Carlisle Walker (1875 - 1953) was a furniture maker, and founder of the Shaw-Walker company which revolutionized the office furniture industry. His success in business was matched by his generosity to the community, and the arena has bared his name since it first opened.
   
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==References==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
*[http://www.lcwalkerarena.com L.C. Walker Arena]
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*[http://www.lcwalkerarena.com L.C. Walker Arena]
 
*[http://pastpresentfuture.net/archives/sw.html Shaw-Walker History]
 
*[http://pastpresentfuture.net/archives/sw.html Shaw-Walker History]
 
*[http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/community/parks/park.asp?ParkID=17 City of Muskegon website on L.C. Walker Arena]
 
*[http://www.muskegon-mi.gov/community/parks/park.asp?ParkID=17 City of Muskegon website on L.C. Walker Arena]
   
 
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[[Category:Indoor ice hockey venues in Michigan]]
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[[Category:Indoor ice hockey venues in the United States]]
 

Latest revision as of 10:11, 24 October 2019

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The Mercy Health Arena previously the L.C. Walker Arena is a 5,100-seat multi-purpose arena in Muskegon, Michigan. It was built in 1960 by money from the estate of the late Louis Carlisle Walker at a cost of $1 million, and on October 27, 1960 was given to the City of Muskegon. It is currently home to the Muskegon Lumberjacks and West Michigan Blizzard Ice hockey teams and was home to the Muskegon Thunder Indoor Football League team until 2009.

The arena was built on a site of a former supermarket, and in addition to sports is also used for concerts, trade shows, conventions and other events. The arena measures 39 ft. from the arena floor to the ceiling. The arena contains 17,000 sq. ft. of arena floor space, and can seat between 5,178 to 6,000 for basketball, up to 5,600 for concerts, and 5,000 for ice shows and wrestling.

A portion of a former Plumb's grocery store, built in 1936, was actually incorporated into the Arena; it is now known as the LC Walker Arena annex, used for conventions, banquets, meetings and other special events.

The city took over operations of the facility in July of 2015 when the ownership of the Muskegon Lumberjacks filed for bankruptcy and were in the process of being sold.

The arena is scheduled to undergo a renovation during the summer of 2018 to improve seating, ceiling repairs, removal of old heating and cooling equipment. replacement of the arena glass, restroom and concession upgrades and other ADA compliance upgrades.[1]

The selling of naming rights to the facility were announced in October of 2019.  The arena was renamed Mercy Health Arena prior to the end of the year.

Louis Carlisle Walker[edit | edit source]

Louis Carlisle Walker (1875 - 1953) was a furniture maker, and founder of the Shaw-Walker company which revolutionized the office furniture industry. His success in business was matched by his generosity to the community, and the arena has bared his name since it first opened.

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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