About The Dow Event Center
The versatility of The Dow Event Center with its multi-purpose venues featuring a 7,500 seat arena easily hosting conventions, exhibits, concerts and sporting events such as the OHL Saginaw Spirit Hockey and the CIFL Saginaw Sting Indoor Football teams. The theater seats 2,300 and is home to the Broadway In Saginaw Series each season along with comedy, smaller concerts and community events. The Hall offers the elegance and flexibility to accommodate weddings, galas, fundraisers, meeting and special events with in its 10,000 square foot walls. Patrons are greeted beneath a sky-lit dome known as the Atrium as they enter the facility which also offers a unique venue for special events. City of Saginaw Dow Event center information page
The Dow Event Center, formerly known as the Saginaw Civic Center, was built in 1972 by the City of Saginaw. The venue is a multi-purpose facility that hosts a variety of concerts, family shows, Broadway shows, sporting events, wedding receptions, trade shows, graduations, banquets and more.
Since 1972, the center has served Saginaw County and the surrounding region as a first-class event venue. The center has offered all county residents hundreds of entertainment, sport, cultural and educational opportunities annually.
In 2000, Spicer Engineering of Saginaw conducted an Engineering Study of the entire facility and the cost of repairs and maintenance for updating the facility was estimated. Estimates for repairs on the facility came in at $17 million and included repairs and enhancements to lighting, seating, restroom facilities, sound systems, roofing and loading docks. They were also asked to present the costs associated with building a similar facility somewhere else within the county. It was estimated that it would take $69 million to build such a facility elsewhere. SMG was chosen as the management group to run the newly-dubbed County Event Center.
On June 30, 2001, the City of Saginaw closed the Saginaw Civic Center. The voters of Saginaw County decided on May 8, 2001 to reopen the facility on July 1, 2001 as the Saginaw County Event Center. SMG has managed the facility with the oversight of the Saginaw County Building Authority and an Event Center Advisory Group. The $850,000 subsidy was reduced by almost half in the first three years of operation.
The Garber Management Group purchased an Ontario Hockey League team in early 2002. The team was renamed the Saginaw Spirit and the Saginaw County Event Center’s Arena became its new home. Over 30 home games are played by the Saginaw Spirit in the arena every year, adding another dimension to the event center.
Dow Chemical Company of Midland was awarded naming rights to the facility in September 2004. The agreement was mutually beneficial; Dow Chemical was able to support a worthy community endeavor and the event center was given an internationally recognized name to help draw performers and shows. All of those forces should keep The Dow Event Center a vital part of the Saginaw community for years to come.
The Dow Event Center Arena has a capacity of 7,600 including floor seats or 5,500 during hockey games. The layout of the arena can be changed and altered to host any kind of event. The Dow Event Center Arena has hosted events like WWE, The Harlem Globetrotters, PBR and Monster Jam. It has also accommodated many national performing artists, such as Bob Seger, Brad Paisley, Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, REO Speedwagon, Thomas Rhett, Styx, Cole Swindell and many more, as well as family shows like Sesame Street Live, Disney on ice and Cirque du Soleil.
The Dow Event Center Theater can seat up to 2,276 people. The theater has featured renowned entertainers including Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Engvall, Jeff Dunham, Bill Burr and is home to the Broadway in Saginaw series offering performances of Cats, Riverdance, Les Miserables and Cameron Mackintosh’s Oliver and several others.
The Red Room at The Dow Event Center is used for a variety of events including concerts, comedy shows, wedding receptions, proms, award ceremonies, conferences and expos. It provides a permanent stage and bar and a hardwood portable dance floor, projector with screens, podiums and more to meet your specific needs for your special event. The Red Room has also hosted national acts including Kane Brown, Waka Flocka Flame, All Time Low and Pop Evil.
The Dow Event Center’s Garden Room is an excellent location to host smaller banquets, bridal showers, business parties and meetings. The Garden Room is attached to an outdoor patio that serves as a great alternative for ceremonies, picnics and an additional pre-function place to intermingle and socialize.
The Dow Event Center continues to provide a variety of entertainment to the community and aims to deliver an exceptional experience to all of its visitors!
-history & information of the DOW event center was published from the Dow Event Center page.