Happy Faces, Hidden Places

The Ford Center is a cornerstone for continued revitalization downtown. Its sweeping curved forms evoke the unique nature of the horseshoe bend in the Ohio River while providing an aesthetic that is of its time, reflecting its citizens’ forward-thinking nature. The use of native Indiana limestone at the arena’s base creates a visual grounding for the building while also respecting the materiality of Evansville’s civic buildings. The focused use of glass is intended to give frequent views both out of and into the building and to become a beacon for the city and its development.

The 290,000 square foot arena is located at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. It is the home to the Evansville Iceman, our professional hockey team and to the University of Evansville mens' and women's basketball programs.  It is attracting major entertainment and concerts and a premier facility to host exhibitions, sporting events and conferences.

Approximate Event Seating Capacities

Maximum Capacity/Center Stage Event

11,000 seats

End Stage Concert

10,000 seats

Basketball

10,000 seats

Ice Hockey

9,400 seats

Reserved Seating

  • 16 16-person suites
  • One 24-person suite
  • Two eight-person mini suites
  • Two 10-person mini suites
  • 92 main concourse loge seats
  • 516 club seats with access to suite-level clubs

Fan Accommodations

  • 6 concession stands and one bar on the main concourse level with provisions for portable concession stands on the main and event levels
  • Buffet service at suite level club
  • Hospitality room at event level for special events
  • 6 men’s restrooms at main concourse level
  • 7 women’s restrooms at main concourse level
  • 5 family restrooms at main concourse level
  • Two men’s, two women’s and one family restroom on the event level
  • 34-inch treads and minimum 20-inch seat widths

Accessibility
Designed to be fully accessible. Seating contains the following:

  • 114 wheelchair spaces on 4 levels
  • 114 wheelchair companion seating spaces
  • 114 easy access seats for patrons with limited mobility
  • 4 passenger elevators and 1 freight elevator
  • 2 escalators

Other Features

  • Basketball locker rooms for University of Evansville men’s and women’s teams plus 2 visitor/auxiliary locker rooms
  • 2 hockey locker rooms and support area
  • Officials’ locker rooms and green rooms that can also be used for dressing rooms during concerts
  • 3 loading docks
  • Drive-on truck access to the Arena floor
  • Large marshalling and storage area
  • Dedicated show power for concerts
  • 180,000 pounds of rigging capacity over the stage
  • More than 200,000 pounds of load capacity on the roof

Sustainable Design

  • Goal is to achieve USBGC LEED Silver Certification
  • Use of a previously developed site
  • Close proximity to public transportation routes
  • Control of storm water from site and roof
  • Use of recycled building materials throughout: concrete, steel structure, aluminum skin, as well as interior finishes
  • Use of locally and regionally sourced materials where possible
  • Use of day lighting and views out of the building in public concourse spaces
  • Energy-efficient mechanical, electrical and lighting systems with digital controls
  • Water-saving plumbing fixtures
  • Orientation of glass and the lobby to north and northeast to reduce cooling loads

Upcoming Events

October 4, 2019
SHINEDOWN: ATTENTION ATTENTION World Tour

October 19, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

October 26, 2019
MercyMe: Imagine Nation Tour

October 29, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

November 2, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

November 8, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

November 15, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

November 16, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

November 19, 2019
The Avett Brothers

November 21, 2019
Old Dominion: MAKE IT SWEET Tour

December 6, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

December 7, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

December 13, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

December 14, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

December 20, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

December 31, 2019
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

January 3, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

January 17, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

January 18, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

January 25, 2020
Miranda Lambert: Wildcard Tour 2020

January 31, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

February 1, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

February 7, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

February 20, 2020
Fire't Up Tour 2020

February 21, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

February 23, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

February 28, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

February 29, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

March 13, 2020
Lauren Daigle World Tour

March 14, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

March 15, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

March 21, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

April 3, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey

April 4, 2020
Evansville Thunderbolts Ice Hockey