* 2015 AIF Saginaw Sting Indoor Football * 2014-15 Season Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey * FirstMerit Bank Presents Broadway In Saginaw 2014-15 Series * Smokey Joe's Cafe, November 9th * Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, November 28th * Cirque Dreams Holidaze, December 3rd * Memphis, The Musical * NBC Hit Show Last Comic Standing, November 11th, Taste of Home Cooking School, November 6th * Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Ride Out Tour, November 19th * Third Day, November 15th * 2015 Shrine Circus, January 21st - 25th, 9 Performances * 1964, February 13th *  1964 - The Tribute, World's Best Beatle Show * ONE-The Only Tribute To Metallica, November 21st * Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 2015, January 26th *  Donny Brown & The Van Dell-Tones, November 29th * Mega 80's, December 19th * Volbeat with Anthrax, May 18, 2015 * 

fb icons
twitter icons
Share |

The Dow Event Center Facility History

atrium 1The Saginaw Civic Center was built in 1972 by the City of Saginaw. The Civic Center was composed of three main parts: Wendler Arena, Heritage Theater,and Unity Hall.

Since 1972, the Center has served Saginaw County and the surrounding region as a first-class event venue. The Center has offered all County residents hundreds of entertainment, sport, cultural and educational opportunities annually.

In 2000, Spicer Engineering of Saginaw conducted an Engineering Study of the entire facility and the cost of repairs and maintenance for updating the facility was estimated. Estimates for repairs on the facility came in at $17 million and included repairs and enhancements to lighting, seating, restroom facilities, sound systems, roofing, and loading docks. They were also asked to present the costs associated with building a similar facility somewhere else within the County. It was estimated that it would take $69 million to build such a facility elsewhere. SMG was chosen as the management group to run the newly-dubbed County Event Center.

On June 30, 2001, the City of Saginaw closed the Saginaw Civic Center. The voters of Saginaw County decided on May 8, 2001, to reopen the facility on July 1, 2001, as the Saginaw County Event Center. SMG has managed the facility with the oversight of the Saginaw County Building Authority and an Event Center Advisory Group. The $850,000 subsidy was reduced by almost half in the first three years of operation.

The Garber Management Group purchased an Ontario Hockey League team in early 2002. The team was named the Saginaw Spirit and Wendler Arena became its new home. Over 30 home games are played by the Saginaw Spirit in Wendler Arena every year, adding another dimension to the Event Center.

Dow Chemical Company of Midland was awarded naming rights to the facility in September 2004. The agreement was mutually beneficial; Dow was able to support a worthy community endeavor and the Event Center was given an internationally recognized name to help draw performers and shows. All of these forces should keep The Dow Event Center a vital part of the Saginaw community for years to come.

Events Calendar

October 2014
28 29 30 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1

Upcoming Events

Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sat Nov 01 @ 7:11PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sun Nov 02 @ 4:00PM -
Taste of Home, Cooking School
Thu Nov 06 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
Broadway In Saginaw Presents Smokey Joe's Cafe
Sun Nov 09 @ 7:00PM -
Last Comic Standing
Tue Nov 11 @ 7:30PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Fri Nov 14 @ 7:11PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sat Nov 15 @ 7:11AM -
An Evening with Third Day
Sat Nov 15 @ 7:00PM -
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Ride Out Tour
Wed Nov 19 @ 7:30PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Fri Nov 21 @ 7:11PM -
ONE-The Only Tribute To Metallica
Fri Nov 21 @ 8:00PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sat Nov 22 @ 7:11PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Wed Nov 26 @ 7:11PM -
Broadway In Saginaw Presents Mannheim Steamroller Christimas
Fri Nov 28 @ 8:00PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sat Nov 29 @ 7:11PM -
Donny Brown Live & Up Front
Sat Nov 29 @ 8:00PM -
Broadway In Saginaw Presents Cirque Dreams Holidaze
Wed Dec 03 @ 7:30PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sat Dec 06 @ 7:11PM -
Saginaw Spirit OHL Hockey
Sun Dec 07 @ 4:00PM -
Go to top