United Spirit Arena, Lubbock Texas
The United Spirit Arena
15,020-seat multi-purpose stadium known as
the United Spirit Arena is in Lubbock,
It opened a decade ago in
1999. The arena is home to the Lady Raiders
and the Texas Tech Raiders basketball and
volleyball teams. Before the opening of the
United Spirit Arena, the sports teams often
utilized the City Bank Coliseum nearby.
The structure is so named because United
Supermarkets was one of the major sources of
its construction. United
Supermarkets is a Lubbock-based chain that
has several outlets in West Texas.
On November 19, 1999, the Unite Spirit Arena
hosted its first basketball game where Texas
Tech lost to Indiana. Indiana was coached by
Bob Knight who later became coach to the
menís basketball team of Texas Tech.
The first concert that was held in the
United Spirit Arena was on February 8, 2000
when none other than Elton John took the
stage and wowed the audience. Two years
later, in the summer of 2002, pop star
Britney Spears performed in the arena while
on tour for Dream Within A Dream. To the
dismay of her fans, Spears concert was cut
short by a power outage.
The United Spirit Arena was also the venue
for the WWE RAW, the first RAW to be held in
Lubbock, in May 2006.