Project foreman Buz Beechler (left) and William Colt work on construction of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium. (1964 file / News Tribune)
This week’s groundbreaking of the $57 million DECC expansion may elicit memories of construction of the then-Duluth Arena-Auditorium in the 1960s. Groundbreaking of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium took place on Dec. 20, 1963, and construction neared completion in July 1966 for the August 4-14 grand opening. Construction of Pioneer Hall, an addition to the arena, began in 1975.
Now the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, the DECC has been home to a number of events from Minnesota Duluth men’s and women’s hockey to rock concerts and trade shows for 43 years.
The expected opening date of the new arena is Dec. 31, 2010.
Dec. 20, 1963
The groundbreaking ceremony in 1963 (File / News Tribune)
May 21, 1965
Workers pour cement during construction of the Duluth Arena-Auditorium. (1965 file / News Tribune)