History and Past Events

Known as a premiere basketball facility, The Liacouras Center is also a unique and flexible venue for special events. The facility is a cost-effective option for concerts, comedy, family shows, banquets, seminars, trade shows, and more.

Located within minutes of Center City, Philadelphia, the Liacouras Center has an attached 1,200 space parking garage and is easily accessible from all major routes and is convenient to several public transportation stop

2015-2016 Season
  • 6/18/2016 - Press Rewind - The Show feat. Fat Joe and Remy Ma, Method Man, Redman, Foxy Brown, and DJ Capri
  • 5/11-15/2016 - OVO by Cirque Du Soleil
  • 4/30/2016 - Night At The Fights
  • 4/29/2016 - Martin Lawrence
  • 4/14-17/2016 - Sesame Street Live "Let's Dance!"
  • 3/5/2016 - Katt Williams
  • 3/4/2016 - The Harlem Globetrotters
  • 1/15/2016 - The Comedy Get Down feat. Cedric 'The Entertainer', D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and more
  • 1/14/2016 - Owchella feat. Fetty Wap, French Montana, and more
  • 12/12/2015 - #BOOMBash feat. Lil Kim
  • 11/21/2015 - All Time Low with Sleeping with Sirens
  • 11/12/2015 - Toby Mac
  • 10/10/2015 - Zedd
  • 9/24/2015 - R.Kelly
  • 8/1/2015 - American Idol XV Auditions
2014-2015 Season
  • 6/15/2015 - BIO Convention featuring a private with Boyz II Men and The Roots
  • 4/23-26/2016 - Sesame Street Live "Make A New Friend"
  • 4/16/2015 - Gabriel Iglesias
  • 3/13/15 - Katt Williams
  • 3/6/2015 - Harlem Globetrotters
  • 1/13/2015 - Sam Smith
  • 11/28/2014 - WDAS Holiday Jam feat. Jill Scott
  • 11/2/2014 - Tom Wolf Political Rally with special appearance by President Barack Obama
  • 10/11/2014 - Temple Homecoming Concert: Ludacris
  • 10/10/2014 - Theresa Caputo
  • 10/7/2014 - Bastille
Notable Past Events
  • 2001 U.S. Gymnastics Championships
  • 2004 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship (Opening Round)
  • 50 Cent
  • Atoms for Peace
  • Bassnectar
  • Bernard Hopkins v. Enrique Ornelas (Broad Street Brawl)
  • Bill Clinton Speaking Engagement
  • Bob Dylan with Phil Lesh
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Cage the Elephant
  • Casting Crowns
  • Celtic Woman
  • Cirque Du Soleil's Alegria
  • Cirque Du Soleil's Dralion
  • Cirque Du Soleil's Quidam
  • Clay Aiken/Kelly Clarkson
  • Counting Crows
  • Day Glow
  • Disney Junior Live
  • D.L. Hughley
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Girl Talk
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • Greenbuild Event feat. Bon Jovi and Hilary Clinton
  • Green Day (2)
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Foster the People
  • Jamie Foxx
  • John Legend
  • John Mayer
  • Kanye West
  • Katt Williams
  • Kid Cudi
  • LeAnn Rimes
  • Lupe Fiasco and Asher Roth
  • Luther Vandross
  • Maze and Frankie Beverly
  • Mike Epps
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Natalie Merchant
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Pretty Lights
  • R.E.M.
  • Salt N Pepa
  • Steve Harvey
  • Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing
  • TNA Wrestling's IMPACT
  • Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, Madea Gets a Job and Madea's Big Happy Family
  • USA Gymnastics American Cup
Our History

The Liacouras Center (www.liacourascenter.com), a 10,000-seat multi-purpose venue, is located on the Temple University campus along the Avenue of the Arts in Center City, Philadelphia. The venue is a full entertainment arena featuring concerts, family shows, Temple Men’s and Women’s Basketball games and more. The facility is the largest indoor, public assembly venue north of City Hall in Philadelphia. Formerly known as the Apollo of Temple, the venue was renamed and dedicated to Temple University President Peter J. Liacouras on February 13, 2000.

The 340,000 sq. ft. building is the home of Temple Owls Basketball, a full range of concerts, dramatic presentations, University athletic and convocation events, family shows, sports exhibitions and more. The building has great production flexibility. In addition to the large arena configuration, The Esther Boyer Theater at The Liacouras Center is a small theater setup of up to 1,900 seats for more intimate presentations, and the arena can also be cut to a ½ house or ¾ setup. Pre-positioned curtains, lighting and sound systems maximize the effectiveness of each seating configuration.

Fourteen (14) concession stands dot the main concourse. The Fox Gittis Room, a special function room located in the main lobby, is available for groups, organizations or meetings. Ten private, executive suites on the lower level provide prime viewing and entertaining enjoyment.

A four-story, 1,200-space connected parking garage provides visitors access to the facility without having to venture outside. The Liacouras Center is part of a four building, $107 million complex.

The arena is located less than two miles from Philadelphia's City Hall.

The Liacouras Center is managed by Spectra Venue Management. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

Spectra’s Venue Management division is the industry leader across a full range of services that impact the bottom-line success of public assembly venues, including marketing and sales, corporate partnerships, event booking, ticket services and box office management, customer service, operations and engineering, and finance and administration.