"Cricket Arena was opened and dedicated in 1955 as the Charlotte Coliseum. At the time it was the largest unsupported steel dome in the world. After the new Charlotte Coliseum opened in 1988, the name was changed to Independence Arena (named for its location on Independence Boulevard in Charlotte) and underwent an extensive renovation. In 2001 the arena was given its current-day name in a naming rights arrangement.
Sports - Facilities, Theatres - Concert
it seems likely that Cricket Arena will remain open as a venue for medium-sized concerts which would not be suitable for the new Bobcats Arena, and also high school and some college sporting events, along with local attractions in years to come. Furthermore, Cricket Arena would be ready in case Bobcats Arena may not be available for short-series (three game) playoffs in the first two rounds of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs (as is a problem sometimes in the ECHL). The arena is not likely to be demolished, as it holds a place on the Charlotte historical register." (www.wikipedia.com)