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Freedom Hall, Louisville

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Freedom Hall is a multi-purpose arena in Louisville, Kentucky, on the grounds of the Kentucky Exposition Center, which is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is best known for its use as a basketball arena, previously serving as the home of the University of Louisville Cardinals and, since November 2020, as the home of the Bellarmine University Knights. It has hosted Kiss, ACDC, WWE Events, Mötley Crüe, Elvis Presley, The Doors, Janis Joplin, Creed, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen and many more. As well as many Weeks events men's team from 1956 to 2010, the Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association from 1970 until the ABA-NBA merger in June 1976, and the Louisville Cardinals women's team from its inception in 1975 to 2010. The Kentucky Stickhorses of the North American Lacrosse League used Freedom Hall from 2011 until the team folded in 2013. From 2015 to 2019 it has hosted the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship Finals yearly in mid-April.

The arena lost its status as Kentuckiana's main indoor sporting and concert venue when the downtown KFC Yum! Center opened in 2010. It is still used regularly, however, hosting concerts, horse shows, conventions, and basketball games.

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  • This Hall has been carefully crafted to exhibit the plight of the African Americans through history. There are guides available or you are welcome to walk through and thoughtfully process all the...  more »
  • Freedom Hall is Louisville's first venue designed for up to 20,000 fans to see their favorite music concerts and it was home to the University of Louisville basketball games up until a new venue opened in downtown Louisville where most concerts are now held. And also where the U of L basketball home games are held. But Freedom Hall will always be an institution for Louisville.
  • Came here for a Toby Mac concert. We got great seats, but the place isn't super giant so even the nose bleed seats aren't to bad.

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