U.S. Bank Arena is an indoor arena, located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, along the banks of the Ohio River, next to the Great American Ball Park. It was completed in September 1975, and named Riverfront Coliseum because of its placement next to Riverfront Stadium. The arena seats 17,556 people (in the round). It is the largest indoor arena in the Greater Cincinnati region with 346,100 square feet in area.
It was the home of the Cincinnati Stingers, of the WHA, from 1975-1979. Since then, the arena has hosted other minor-league hockey teams and various concerts, political rallies, tennis tournaments, figure skating, a Billy Graham Crusade and other events.
The first entertainment event (Opening Night) to be staged at the facility was a rock concert by The Allman Brothers Band and special guest Muddy Waters on the Win, Lose Or Draw Tour on September 9, 1975 attended by 16,721 persons.
The venue hosted part of the 1981 and all of the 1992 Horizon League men's basketball conference tournament as well as the 1978, 1983, 2002, and 2004 Conference USA men's basketball tournaments; the Atlantic 10 Conference also held its tourney there in 2005 and did so again in 2006.
The arena hosted WCW Souled Out in 2000, WWE Cyber Sunday in 2006, and TNA Lockdown in 2011. It has also hosted a number of WWE Raw & WWE Friday Night SmackDown tapings including a Raw on Sept 13, 2010 where Chad
Ochocinco hosted. Prior to the July 30, 2012 live episode of Raw at the arena, an incident involving the pyrotechnic system caused fans to evacuate the arena briefly, but the show later commenced as planned.
UFC 77 was also held at the arena in 2007 and was headlined by local fighter Rich Franklin
and the Strikeforce World
Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov event was held at the arena on September 10, 2011. The arena hosted the opening and closing ceremonies to the 2012 World Choir Games that were held in Cincinnati.