Broadway Arena

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Brooklyn, NY, USA

  • 930-944 Halsey Street near Broadway, Bushwick section, Brooklyn
  • Capacity: 4,500
  • Building: 29,000 square feet; parking lot: 11,000 square feet
  • Also known as the Broadway Exhibition Association Building in the very early 1920s (with Monday night shows), and as the Broadway Sporting Club. It started as the Broadway S. C., with its inaugural show Feb. 7, 1914.
  • NY Times Jan. 19, 1915 - "Matinee boxing was an innovation enjoyed by more than 1,000 persons at the Broadway Sporting Club, Brooklyn, yesterday. Not since the state athletic commission obtained control of boxing here has any New York club attempted to hold an afternoon show on any other than a holiday, and the Broadway club, by its enterprise, appears to have opened up another road to wealth in the field of boxing."
  • Matchmaker at the time was Andy Neiderreiter
  • It usually presented Tuesday night shows in the 1930s and 1940s; during this time it was Brooklyn's top fight arena.
  • Closed in 1951 (with its last boxing show appearing to have been held November 29, 1951), an apartment house and adjoining park occupied this site as of 2005.
  • June 2014 article: [1]