New Haven Arena Company

New Haven Arena Company
Item# 4422


Sinking Fund Gold Bond, issued/canceled
Franklin-Lee Division, American Bank Note Company
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The New Haven Arena Company was incorporated in Connecticut on November 3, 1926 by Abraham, Maurice and Jacob Podoloff, Isadore Resnick (who has signed this piece as the company President) and Sylvan Cohn (who has signed this piece as the company Secretary) - all of New Haven. Maurice (Morris) Podoloff was part of a group that created the American Hockey League, and was elected its first president, according to a history written by Hilda Myers Podoloff. He also became the first commissioner of the National Basketball Association.

The company built an arena on Grove Street, replacing the original arena on the site, which was built in 1914 and burned down in 1924.

The project was originally started by Harry Walker, who passed away when construction was about a quarter of the way through. The building was planned as a convention hall/multi use facility, with entrance that would be similar to the Yale Bowl. Yale University signed a long term lease to use the arena as the home rink for their hockey team, which also hosted the circus and various concerts.

In 1962, the company was sued by the NFL and NBC when they petitioned to show the New York Giants / Green Bay Packers championship game on a 10 foot screen. The game, which was played at a sold out Yankee Stadium, was aired on NBC. However, broadcast regulations at the time blacked out New York Giants home games to viewers within a 75 mile radius of New York, meaning the New Haven Arena (which was just within the radius) could not legally broadcast the game. The NFL and NBC filed an injunction to stop the broadcast, which was upheld in appeals court and blocked the arena’s plans.

The Arena hosted the American Hockey League's New Haven Eagles from 1936 to 1951, the New Haven Blades of the Eastern Hockey League from 1954 to 1972 and Yale Hockey from 1914 to 1917 (at the first Arena) and from 1927 to 1959.

The Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Joan Baez, the Supremes, the Temptations and many music icons of the 1960s held concerts at the Arena.

When the New Haven Coliseum was completed in 1972, most of the Arena's business went there. The last event held at the arena was an Elton John concert on September 29, 1972.

The arena’s greatest notoriety probably came at The Doors’ December 9, 1967, concert, when singer Jim Morrison was maced by a New Haven police officer backstage before the show, after mouthing off to him. After the concert began, Morrison attempted to recount the incident to the fans, and was arrested. The ensuing melee lead to 13 arrests and brought national press coverage, and was immortalized in the song, “Peace Frog,” on The Doors 1970 album “Morrison Hotel,” with the line “Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven.”

The arena was demolished in 1974. The site is now the headquarters of the New Haven Division of the FBI.CT-Connecticut Sports and Related Stadiums and Arenas Allegorical Featured Allegorical Justice Allegorical Freedom Nude Subject Bold Underprint

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