Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- What midwestern city is home to (formerly-called) Cobo Hall?
- Which city had an ABA team called the Condors?
- Which midwestern city has an ECHL hockey team called the Mavericks?
And here are the answers:
- Detroit, MI. Now part of an entertainment & convention complex called TCF Center, Detroit’s Cobo Hall was built in 1960 and has an illustrious history. Detroit Mayor Albert Cobo had a vision for a sparkling new convention center downtown on the Detroit River, but did not live to see its completion (he died in 1957). The venue went on to have a great run of conventions, concerts, and sporting events. It was home to the NBA Detroit Pistons from 1961-1978, and has hosted every U.S. president from Eisenhower to George W. Bush as keynote speakers for various events. Musical legends the Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna have rocked its rafters, and the KISS song, “Detroit Rock City” was allegedly inspired by the band’s concerts there.
- Pittsburgh, PA. Originally called the Pittsburgh Pipers, the Condors were a charter franchise of the American Basketball Association (ABA) and captured the first league title. The team played their home games in Civic Arena. The Pipers/Condors franchise existed for only 4 years (1968-1972), but left quite an impression on the Steel City. Basketball fans have pined for another professional team to make their home in Pittsburgh, but have had to resort to supporting the Pitt Panthers college team for their roundball fix.
- Answer: Kansas City, MO. The Kansas City Mavericks are in the midst of their 13th season as a professional hockey franchise serving Kansas City. They were formally accepted in 2014 as an expansion member team into the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League), considered the “Premier ‘AA’ hockey league.” The “Orange Army” cheer on their team at Cable Dahmer Arena, which is also the home of the Kansas City Comets’ indoor soccer team.
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