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Bon Secours Wellness Arena
BI-LO Center
Location 650 N. Academy Street
Greenville, SC 29601
Opened September 1998
Owner ScheerSports, Inc.
Construction cost $63 million
Architect Odell Associates
AMI Associates
Tenants Greenville (ECHL) (2010-future)
Greenville Grrrowl (ECHL) (1998-2006)<)
Capacity Hockey: 13,707
Basketball: 14,897
Concert (Center Stage): 15,951
Concert (End Stage): 11,000-14,000

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena is an arena located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina that is used for concerts. It is the home arena of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits  of the ECHL,who were known as the Greenville Road Warriors from 2010 to 2015  The facility was known as the BI-Lo Center from opening until it was renamed on September 18, 2013

History Edit

The Bon Secours Wellness Arena was built in 1998 at a cost of US$63 million to replace Greenville's outdated and under-repaired Greenville Memorial Auditorium, which was imploded on a site located across the street from the new arena in September 1997. The arena was named for BI-LO, a regional grocery store chain headquartered in the Greenville area that paid for the arena's naming rights. When it was built, the BI-LO Center was the largest arena in the state of South Carolina, a distinction it held until 2002, when the Colonial Center was built in Columbia.

As a concert venue, the arena can seat between 11,000 and 15,951 spectators, depending on the positioning of the stage. The arena features 30 luxury suites and 840 club seats.

The arena floor measures 113 ft. wide wide by 229 ft. long. There are 7,472 seats in the upper bowl and 4,809 permanent seats and 1,290 retractable seats in the lower bowl.

The arena has also served as the home for the Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL (1998–2006), hosting the 2002 Kelly Cup Finals.

On February 14, 2010 Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL annouced that the team would be moving to Greenville, SC from Johnstown, PA for the 2010-2011 season and had signed a 5 year deal with the then BI-LO Center to play there. This ends a 5 year hockey drought in Greenville after the Grrowl of the ECHL folded. Greenville has a rich minor league hockey history with the Grrowl winning the Kelley Cup in 2002.

It has also been rumored that the Chiefs may be working an agreement with the Clemson University Ice Tigers to do some co-promotions. This would allow the Clemson team to move play into the BI-LO Center as well, and with the great Clemson fan base expose more folks to hockey.

The arena is going to be the home of the Clemson University Men's and Women's basketball program for the 2015-16 season as the Littlejohn Coliseum will be undergoing extensive renovations.

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