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Veterans Memorial Coliseum in downtown Evansville has been serving as a multi-purpose event facility since it was built in 1917. At the time of its completion, it was one of the largest auditoriums in the Midwest and was the first modern building in the city erected for large gatherings and events. Architect firm Shopbell, Clifford & Co. designed the Coliseum in the Neoclassical style, with its main entrance featuring a large portico with Doric columns.


  • Evansville's Veterans Memorial Coliseum was built in 1917 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The building was constructed as a tribute to the soldiers who fought in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. As such, the building was originally called the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Today, a number of regular events take place here including Friday Night Bingo, ballroom dancing, roller derby, and concerts.

"About Us." Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Accessed March 25, 2019.  https://andreayoungblood.wixsite.com/website.

Joan C. Marchan & Douolas L. Stern. "Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. May 10, 1979.  https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/r/1d171/N/Soldiers_and_sailors_Memorial_Coliseum_Vanderburgh_CO_Nom.pdf.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldiers_and_Sailors_Memorial_Coliseum#/media/File:Soldiers_and_Sailors_Memorial_Coliseum.jpg.