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BANGOR - The Cirque du Soleil touring show OVO has made its way to Bangor, running June 2-5 at the Cross Insurance Center.

Published in Happenings

BANGOR The City of Bangor and Spectra Venue Management, operators of Cross Insurance Center, are excited to announce the ultimate throwback concert tour is coming to Bangor. Hip-Hop legends, Salt-N-Pepa and Vanilla Ice will headline SirusXM presents 'I Love the 90's Tour' coming to the Cross Insurance Center on October 28, 2016 at 8 p.m. They will be joined by special guests All-4-One, Color Me Badd, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC (artist lineup is subject to change).

Published in Press Releases

BANGOR The City of Bangor and Spectra Venue Management, managers of the Cross Insurance Center, are proud to announce that The Professional Bull Riders will bring their BlueDEF Tour to Bangor's Cross Insurance Center for the first time ever on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m. Get ready, Bangor!

For two nights, the best up and coming bull riders in the world will be battling the fiercest bovine athletes the sport has to offer, who weigh nearly 2,000 pounds each, more than 10 times their cowboy counterparts. The thrilling eight-second rides and heart-stopping wrecks are sure to leave fans on the edge of their seats in anticipation and excitement.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 15:50

Why Ringo rules

With the welcome news that Ringo Starr & His All Star Band are set to play Cross Insurance Center in Bangor on June 8, it's a good time to assess some of Starr's greatness. The Beatles would not have been the group we know today without him.

For starters, he completed the group. They truly became The Beatles when Ringo officially joined the band in August 1962, four years after John, Paul and George began playing together. When Ringo accepted the job, the chemical reaction synthesized by the coming together of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Ringo: 'Every time he (Pete Best, previous Beatles drummer) was sick, they would ask me to sit in.'

Published in Music
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 17:58

Broadway shows shine in Bangor

The goal of the 'Broadway's Best in Bangor' series is to bring some of the finest acts of Broadway straight to the Cross Insurance Center's stage. With three out of the four shows of the inaugural season behind them, it's safe to say that the idea has been hugely successful. From the quality of the shows to the enthusiasm of the audience to fill the seats, it's safe to assume that Bangor is going crazy for Broadway. 

The tickets 

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 22:40

Roundball romp at the Cross Insurance Center

Globetrotters tour marks first sporting event at new arena

BANGOR The strains of 'Sweet Georgia Brown' will soon whistle their way through the Cross Insurance Center.

The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters will take the floor as the first sporting event to hit the new arena. These renowned basketball wizards are in town for two games on Friday and Saturday nights, September 20 and 21. Both games tip off at 7 pm.

Published in Sports

BANGOR - Upon its opening in September, Maine potatoes will be the official potato of the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. An agreement signed last week between the Maine Potato Board and the Cross Insurance Center defines the relationship between the Cross Insurance Center and Maine's potato industry.

'We're very pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Global Spectrum, operators of the facility, and Ovations, the providers of food & beverage for the Cross Insurance Center to further promote the Maine potato and to make it available to those enjoying various events at this new Bangor venue,' said Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board. 'Maine people know the quality of our potatoes and the long heritage that the industry has in Maine. This is one more very public way to focus on our industry. We are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase the many and varied products that are produced by the Maine potato industry.'

Published in Press Releases

BANGOR - The City of Bangor and Global Spectrum, managers of the Cross Insurance Center, recently announced events intended to serve as the grand opening celebration for the Cross Insurance Center.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, a community open house will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. and will be followed by a fireworks display. This event will offer everyone the opportunity to tour the Cross Insurance Center. Anyone may attend, and refreshments will be offered.

Published in Happenings
Hall of Fame team set to thrill fans at Cross Insurance Center

BANGOR - The world famous Harlem Globetrotters will make history in Maine as the first ticketed events in the new state-of-the-art Cross Insurance Center. The Globetrotters will bring their unmatched family entertainment to Bangor for two games on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

'We are thrilled to be part of an exciting time in Northern New England, as we help open Bangor's new arena in September,' said Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider. 'The fervor of our fans to see the Globetrotters' 2014 tour, combined with the Cross Insurance Center's grand opening, will make this a weekend to remember.'

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:42

Past imperfect

Sports fans have always been among the best at building up memories at the expense of the present. Perhaps because most of us became fans at a young age, we look back with an affection that can sometimes blind us to the good that exists in the here and now.

The most recent epidemic of backwards-gazing has come with the arrival of the final high school basketball tournament at the Bangor Auditorium. Seemingly every human being within a hundred miles of Buck Street has been asked about their favorite memory of the place, and the tributes to a facility that was outdated by the Carter administration are pouring in from all quarters. Unfortunately, there are also those who romanticize the past so much they can't see the present or future with any clarity. Like so many others, I recall many great times spent at the Auditorium, but personally, I can't wait to see the wrecking ball turn that mid-20th century paradise into a 21st-century parking lot. The new Cross Insurance Center is shaping up to be the kind of facility that this area has needed for decades and will signify a glorious new day for any fan with a sense of civic pride that outweighs their misty, watercolor memories.

Published in The Sports Edge
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