The Neal S. Blaisdell Center in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii is a community center for the City & County of Honolulu.Constructed in 1964 on the historic Ward Estate and originally called the Honolulu International Center, the center was renamed after Mayor of Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell, who oversaw its construction. The multi-purpose complex is composed of an internationally renowned arena, concert hall, conference rooms, galleria and exhibition hall. It was remodeled and expanded in 1994.
The Neal S. Blaisdell Arena is a circular performance facility used for concerts and major sporting events. The arena can accommodate 7,700 seats for sports events, and up to 8,800 seats for stage events with seats set up on the arena floor.
Elvis Presley sold out concerts at the arena in the 1960s and 1970s, the world famous "Aloha from Hawaii" concert was held here on 14 January 1973. In recognition of this a bronze statue of Elvis has been erected outside the front of the center. The statue was sponsored by the cable channel TV Land.
Other events at the arena include World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Disney on Ice, American Idol Live!, Sesame Street Live, college basketball and volleyball, and international gymnastics, as well as a fundraising concert for victims of Hurricane Iniki, with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne & Bonnie Raitt, and a 1965 Billy Graham crusade.