Rimrock Auto Arena
is a 12,000 seat multi-purpose arena
in Billings, Montana
. The arena was completed in 1975 and named Yellowstone METRA. The acronym stood for Montana's Entertainment, Trade and Recreation Arena. A great deal of controversy surrounded the facility when it was built, with many in the community seeing it as a burden. (Indeed, some people still view it as such today.) Later the entire fairgrounds surrounding the arena was named MetraPark, and the arena became MetraPark Arena. It is owned by the city of Billings, Montana
and Yellowstone County
. In 2005, MetraPark Arena marked its 30th anniversary. The arena hosts a variety of local sporting, musical, and other events. It has also hosted professional sporting competitions.
Metrapark has hosted pre-season NBA
games on a semi-regular basis. The Arena played host to the first ever game for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder
on October 8
in a preseason game against the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves prevailed 88-82.
In the summer of 2005, Metrapark hosted tryouts for the All-American Professional Basketball League (AAPBL), a new minor basketball league. The tryouts took place from July 11, 2005 - July 22, 2005. However, the league folded soon thereafter.
MetraPark has also played host to various WWE and WCW wrestling events including a live televised WCW Monday Nitro television show in 2000.
On February 21
, Rimrock Auto Group
announced a 10-year, US $1
million naming rights deal for the arena. Beginning July 1
, it became known as the Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
- Montana State High School Wrestling Tournament - FEB
- M.A.T.E (Montana Agri-Trade Expo) - FEB
- Spring Home Improvement Show - MAR
- MontanaFair - AUG
- Fall Home Improvement Show - SEP
- NILE Rodeo - OCT
- Chase Hawks Memorial Rough Stock Rodeo - DEC
- Every other year MetraPark host a Men's college basketball game between Montana State and Wyoming.
Notable past performers
U.S. presidential visits
Notes and references