The George M. Sullivan Sports Arena 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, the Great Show more...
Alaska Shootout basketball tournament, and the Alaska Fighting Championship mixed martial arts events. In 2007 it became home to the Alaska Wild of the Indoor Football League. The Arena is often criticized for its poor acoustics and thus is rarely used for concert acts. Heavy Metal band Metallica used the Arena for their only shows in Alaska in 1989, 1992, and 1999. Country music star Taylor Swift used the Arena for, to date, her only Alaska show in 2011, part of her Speak Now World Tour. 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.
Samuel F. Campbell This is where I had my first conversation with Snoop Dog, I was Security at one of his concerts. "Murder Was The Case They Gave Me" The staff need extra protection. They were expecting trouble, shooting and more. The concert went off without a slightest hitch. Plus I got a lot of hours working there. Due to they always had a event or another that needed set up or break down crews plus I Worked Janitorial Security and setup/breakdown for the Hockey and Basketball Teams, Rodeo, Monster Truck, Etc.. The Employers and staff were great folks to work for. The whole place is located in a garden spot there's action all around it the RV Camper Park is near by the Hiking, Biking, Cross Country, Running, And Skiing Trail winds it's way around this location. So no matte what you are there fore you might run into some else quite as pleasant.
A Google User If I could could give less then one star I would. This place is not prepared for a real event. We went to a concert and the beer and concession lines were at least a 45 minute wait. Anchorage is trying to act like a grown up city, and the ineptitude of the sullivan arena just continues to demonstrate the fact that this is a town stuck in its ways. I will never step foot in this arena again.
A Google User I have been going to the Sullivan Arena for hockey games, both UAA and the Aces, for four years. I recently attended a hockey game between the Aces and Steelheads and purchased seats behind the cameras. I could not see 2/3 of the ice. This is definitely a rookie mistake and I can't believe I purchased those tickets but I figured the staff at the Sully would be willing to move us especially since the arena was 1/3 empty anyways. Well unfortunately I thought wrong and the Asst Manager on duty was not willing to move our seats because of the "policy". I asked to talk to her boss and she was the "top dog" on duty at the time. So you mean to tell me she was the person running the whole show and she could not just move our seats. We are a community here in Anchorage but I was treated like a nobody. Unfortunately, if I want to see my hockey games I have to go there but it's not because of the customer service. Also my goodness when are we going to get a new score box!