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George M Sullivan Arena

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1600 Gambell Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-279-0618
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The George M. Sullivan Arena (commonly shortened to the "Sullivan Arena" and often referred to colloquially as "the Sully") is an arena in Anchorage, Alaska. The arena opened in 1983 and has a seating capacity of 8,700 for basketball, 6,251 for hockey. It is home to the Alaska Aces ECHL ice hockey team, the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves hockey team (WCHA), the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament, and the Alaska Fighting Championship mixed martial arts events. It's also used to host local high school and University of Alaska Anchorage graduation ceremonies. Sullivan Arena was also used, in 1984, as the site of Billy Graham's Alaska Crusade; Graham's Sullivan Arena attendance record still stands over 25 years later.

It is east of Mulcahy Stadium across a parking lot.

The arena is named after former Anchorage mayor George M. Sullivan. It is owned by the Municipality of Anchorage and operated by SMG, a nationwide property management company.

For hockey, the Sullivan Arena offers 6,251 seats with a standing room capacity of 6,451. If areas designated for wheel chairs are included, the arena can seat 6,290, plus standing room, during hockey games. The arena is known for its international-specification (Olympic-sized) ice rink (200 ft 98.5 ft / 61 m 30 m) instead of the more traditional NHL specifications (200 ft 85 ft / 61 m 25.9 m).

Sullivan Arena's original scoreboard was an American Sign & Indicator scoreboard with a monochrome matrix board on each side, and was replaced by a Daktronics scoreboard, also with a monochrome matrix board. The latter, still in use, has received attention because of a video on youtube.com titled "Trapped in a scoreboard Factory". There is a video screen at each end of the arena.

A new arena for the Seawolves basketball team and the Great Alaska Shootout is currently being planned.

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