Compaq Center
The Summit, exterior, Houston

The Summit stands among the high-rise office buildings of Greenway Plaza, circa 1994

Location 3700 Southwest Freeway, Houston, Texas 77027
Broke ground 1970s
Opened 1975 (as The Summit)
Owner City of Houston
Operator Lakewood Church
Surface Wood
Construction cost $27 million
Former names The Summit (1975-1998)
Compaq Center (1998-2003)
Tenants Houston Aeros (WHA) (1975-1979)
Houston Summit (Major Soccer League)
Houston Rockets (National Basketball Association) (1975-2003)
Houston Aeros (IHL/AHL) (1994-2003)
Houston Hotshots (Continental Indoor Soccer League) (1994-1997)
Houston Comets (Women's National Basketball Association)
Houston Thunderbears (Arena Football League) (1996-2001)
Lakewood Church (2005-present)
Capacity Basketball: 16,285
Ice hockey: 15,256
Current configuration for worship services: 16,000

The Lakewood Church Central Campus is a house of worship in Houston, Texas, United States. From 1975 until 1998, it was a multi-purpose sports arena known as The Summit, and from 1998 until 2003 it was known as the Compaq Center. This venue is located about five miles southwest of Downtown Houston next to the Greenway Plaza.

Construction of The SummitEdit

In 1971, the National Basketball Association's San Diego Rockets were purchased by a new ownership group that moved the franchise to Houston. The city, however, lacked an indoor arena suitable to host a major sports franchise, so plans were immediately undertaken to construct the new venue that would become The Summit. The Rockets played their home games in various local facilities such as Hofheinz Pavilion during the interim.

Completed in 1975, The Summit represented a lavish new breed of sports arena, replete with amenities, that would help the NBA grow from a second-tier professional sport into the multi-billion dollar entertainment industry that it is today. The Omni in Atlanta (now the site of Philips Arena), McNichols Sports Arena in Denver (now a parking lot for Invesco Field), and the Coliseum at Richfield in Richfield, Ohio (now reclaimed forest) were all constructed during this period and remained in service until the continued growth of the NBA sparked a new arena construction boom in the late 1990s.

Notable eventsEdit

The Summit housed the Houston Comets, Houston Aeros, Houston Rockets and several arena football sports teams until they vacated the arena in favor of the new Toyota Center in downtown Houston. Additionally, the arena was a prime Houston venue for popular music concerts and special events such as the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

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Preceded by
Sam Houston Coliseum
Home of the
Houston Aeros

1975 – 1979
Succeeded by
last arena
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Houston Aeros

1994 – 2003
Succeeded by
Toyota Center