Final Curtain Comes Down at Capital Centre
It took 355 pounds of dynamite to take down the old arena.
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Considered a state-of-the-art entertainment facility in the early days, The Capital Centre played host to several other events throughout its history including the nationally-televised Presidential Inaugural Gala for Ronald Reagan in 1981, the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament (1976, 1981,1987), the 1984 McDonald’s Gymnastics Medalist Tour with Mary Lou Retton, Bart Conner and Mitch Gaylord, and the high-profile boxing matches of Muhammad Ali vs. Jimmy Young and Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler. With the unprecedented success of live boxing matches at The Capital Centre, the arena was often referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of the East.
Other legendary performances held at The Capital Centre came from musicians Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and ZZ Top. The Capital Centre truly is an entertainment venue of historic proportions.