Von Braun Center
The Von Braun Center offers multiple venues for presenting cultural, educational, entertainment, sporting and social events. With over 170,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, the VBC can accommodate meetings from 7 – 10,000 people. The Von Braun Center Arena is host to Huntsville Havoc SPHL Hockey and UAH Chargers Hockey. The Von Braun Center Concert Hall is host to Broadway Theatre League, Huntsville Ballet School, and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. The Von Braun Center Playhouse is host to Fantasy Playhouse and Theater Huntsville.
The Von Braun Center (VBC), formerly known as the Von Braun Civic Center (VBCC), is a multipurpose indoor arena, meeting, and performing arts complex, with a maximum arena seating capacity of 10,000 (6,602 Hockey), located in Huntsville, Alabama, United States. Over the years it has hosted NBDL basketball; UAH Chargers (CHA); Huntsville Blast (ECHL), Huntsville Channel Cats (SHL, CHL, SEHL), Huntsville Tornado (CHL) and Huntsville Havoc (SPHL) ice hockey; and Tennessee Valley Vipers (arenafootball2), among other events.
It was there that the UAH Chargers ice hockey team won two Division II hockey championships before their transition to Division I.
The VBC, in addition to the arena, features multiple exhibit halls, a concert hall, and many other facilities for meetings and exhibits.
It is named in honor of Wernher von Braun, a former German rocket scientist who, after World War II, was brought to the United States Army’s Redstone Arsenal and along with many of his colleagues laid the foundation for the United States space program, which was deemed to have put Huntsville “on the map” in the mind of many of its citizens.
On February 10, 2007, the Huntsville Havoc beat the Knoxville Ice Bears 7-6 in front of the largest crowd for a sporting event in the VBC’s history, with 7,083 fans in standing room only.