In spite of the initial controversy surrounding Barry, the Squires finished their inaugural season in Virginia by winning the Eastern Division by 11 games. However, Roanoke was dropped from the list of "home" cities after only one season. You could also do it yourself at any point in time. [5] Eventually, nearly two-thirds of these open dates were awarded to the Virginia Tech, Radford University and Roanoke College hockey clubs, the arena's primary tenants until 2016, when the Mississippi Surge relocated to Roanoke, becoming the Rail Yard Dawgs. Elvis Presley performed there in 1972, 1974, 1976, and was due to return in 1977, about a week after his death. Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea! Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? Although blessed with a combination of Julius Erving ("Dr. J") and a young George Gervin, the duo only played together late in the season. Currently, it is the home of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs of the Southern Professional Hockey League, Virginia Tech, Radford University and Roanoke College men's ice hockey teams. College basketball was also recently contested there, in the form of the Big South Conference men's basketball tournaments in 2001 and 2002. The arena recently began a $6.2 million renovation project expected to last until 2016. Bianchi was 87 years old. The Oaks were owned in part by pop singer Pat Boone. Built at the same time as the Scope and Richmond Coliseum, the Roanoke Civic Center is the area's premier sports and entertainment venue. The Metro Conference men's basketball tournament was held here in 1991. November 6, 1971, Squires vs. Denver Nuggets. ✪ 1971 Virginia Squires play Indiana Pacers, ✪ Julius Erving (35pts) vs. Colonels (1974 ABA Playoffs). Recent Game Results Height of bar is margin of victory • Mouseover bar for details • Click for box score • Grouped by Month An earlier Oakland Oaks basketball team played in the American Basketball League (1961–62) in 1962. While the trades may have provided enough short-term financing to keep the Squires in business, the loss of so much talent angered the fans. The other ABA owners persuaded Foreman to move the Caps for the second time in as many seasons. The 1974–75 and 1975–76 teams went 15-69 (17.8%), the worst winning percentages in ABA history. He was a former NBA Rookie of the Year who had led the Warriors to the NBA finals in the same year the Oaks had formed, but due to being angered by management's failure to pay him certain incentive awards he felt he was due, he sat out the 1967–68 season, and the following season he joined the Oaks, leading the franchise to its one and only ABA championship in 1969. In 1971, the Squires made their biggest draft pick ever by drafting Julius Erving from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The ceiling height is 32 feet. Baltimore Bullets owner Abe Pollin wanted to move his team to Washington, but did not want the Caps there. ✪ Remember Virginia Squires Basketball? Take a look back at some of the venue's memorable moments - from political rallies, WWF Smackdown, graduations, sporting events and more. The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. There are 8,372 permanent seats at the arena; the arena floor measures over 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2). This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 0, American Basketball Association (1970-1976), Born: 1970 – The Washington Caps relocate to Virginia I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like. Opened in October 1971, the Roanoke Civic Center was also the former home of the American Basketball Association (1967-1976) professional basketball franchise Virginia Squires. It hosted 251 professional wrestling events between 1975 and 2013. The Richmond Coliseum opened in 1971. The Virginia Squires used the Civic Center for only one season due to low attendance, before folding in 1976. However, the sale was eventually upheld. The Squires played most of their games at Old Dominion University's fieldhouse in their first season as a "regional" franchise, with other matches at the Richmond Arena, Hampton Coliseum and Roanoke Civic Center. 1974-75 Season, Squires vs. San Antonio Spurs. They defeated the Nets in the first round of the ABA playoffs but went on to be upset by the Kentucky Colonels. From 2001 to 2006, professional basketball was active again at the Roanoke Civic Center, with the National Basketball Association's D-League franchise, the Roanoke Dazzle. Coordinates: 37°16′49″N 79°56′08″W / 37.280171°N 79.935669°W / 37.280171; -79.935669, Shows held at the Roanoke Civic Center, from, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, James Madison University Convocation Center,, Buildings and structures in Roanoke, Virginia, College basketball venues in the United States, Indoor ice hockey venues in the United States, College ice hockey venues in the United States, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, 2007 (Performing Arts Center and Special Events Center addition), This page was last edited on 1 March 2020, at 21:54. Squires traded Barry to the New York Nets for a draft pick and $200,000. The team folded in 1976, just a month before the ABA–NBA merger. It was the former home to the Roanoke Dazzle basketball team, as well as the Roanoke Express and Roanoke Valley Vipers ice hockey teams. They also played home games in Hampton at the Hampton Roads Coliseum, in Richmond at the Richmond Coliseum and in Roanoke at the Roanoke Civic Center. Head Coach Al Bianchi (Squires ’70-’75) passed away on October 28, 2019 from congestive heart failure. There was a major contract dispute with the cross-bay San Francisco Warriors of the established National Basketball Association over the rights to star player Rick Barry. WWE brought Monday Night Raw on December 1, 1997, May 6, 2013, and November 17, 2014. 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Berglund Center (originally called the Roanoke Civic Center) is a 10,500-seat multi-purpose arena located in the Williamson Road neighborhood of Roanoke, Virginia. Virginia Squires 1972-73 Roster and Stats. On May 11, 1976 — only a month after the end of the season — the ABA canceled the franchise after it missed a $75,000 assessment. Oakland Oaks 1967–1969 Washington Caps 1969–1970 Virginia Squires 1970–1976: Arena: Norfolk Scope Hampton Coliseum Richmond Coliseum Roanoke Civic Center (1971–72) Old Dominion University Fieldhouse (1970–71) Richmond Arena (1970–71) Location: Norfolk, Virginia Hampton, Virginia

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