A crowd gathered inside the Brown County Veterans’ Memorial Arena for one final event: a farewell ceremony.
“It’s certainly a bittersweet day,” said Terry Charles of the PMI Entertainment Group. “I mean, obviously a lot of people have a lot of memories and experiences that have been shared and created in this building.”
Those six decades of memories were reflected upon by attendees, who remembered sporting events, concerts, and exhibitions all held at the arena over the years.
“I was here when they were building this,” George Wrobel, a former hockey coach and referee told Local 5. “Kind of sad to see it go, what a beautiful place, beautiful times were had here. Always, always come to every single hockey game.”
Others remember high school graduations and first concerts.
“The concerts that I saw over the years, Johnny Cash, Everly Brothers, Sonny and Cher, you remember those always,” Bernie Erickson, a Brown County Supervisor said.
Folding chairs were available to take as mementos, up to two per person, and sets of four stadium seats could be purchased for $50.
Demolition on the arena is expected to begin May 1st.
A new expo center will be taking the arena’s place and is planned to open in January 2021.