OvensAuditorium, located adjacent to Cricket Arena on East IndependenceBoulevard, opened along with the original Coliseum in 1955. For nearlyhalf a century, world-greats have graced the stage of Ovens Auditorium.With a seating capacity of approximately 2,460, Ovens has hosted morethan 7,000 events, attended by 9.4 million people. Ovens Auditorium hashosted top events and performances from the Billy Graham Crusade to BobHope and Bruce Springsteen. Broadway Shows, symphony concerts, opera,dance recitals and nationally known speakers have also found a home atOvens, along with countless thousands of graduates who have walkedacross its stage to receive their diplomas. A recent five milliondollar renovation at Ovens Auditorium provided upgrades to theauditorium, lobby exterior and grounds. These upgrades enable OvensAuditorium to effectively serve the City of Charlotte with greatentertainment events for many years to come. Still surrounded by itstrademark fountains and rose gardens, Ovens Auditorium is truly amongthe finest of Charlotte’s landmarks.