A Guide to Survivor Series Arena Histories and Dates

Scott and Justin love to talk about arenas so to get you prepped for Survivor Series, here is a guide to past Survivor Series locations! This year will mark the third time the Survivor Series has been held in Boston. In 1993 the historic Boston Garden was the host of the event, when Survivor Series returned to Beantown in 2008 the Garden had long since been replaced by the arena known today as the TD Garden.

TD Garden
TD Garden

Boston is now tied with Richfield, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, Detroit, Michigan and New York City with the most Survivor Series held in the same city, although all three have had their events held in the same buildings.

Richfield Coliseum
Richfield Coliseum

The Richfield Coliseum, which gave way in 1994 to the Gund Arena in Cleveland proper, held the first two PPVs in 1987 and 1988, and finally in 1992.

Joe Louis Arena
Joe Louis Arena

Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena was the site for the 1991, 1999 and 2005 Survivor Series.

Madison Square Garden

And the Home Office of the WWE, The World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden was the host for the 1996, 2002 and 2011 Survivor Series.

Miami American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena

Miami, Florida’s American Airlines Arena is the only other multiple time hosting arena, having been the host for the 2007 and 2010 shows.

Other Survivor Series venues include:

Rosemont, IL Rosemont Horizon 1989
Hartford, CT Civic Center 1990
San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum 1994
Landover, MD USAir Arena 1995
Montreal, Quebec Molsen Centre 1997
St. Louis, MO Kiel Center 1998
Tampa, FL Ice Palace 2000
Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum 2001
Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena 2003
Cleveland, OH Gund Arena 2004
Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center 2006
Washington, DC Verizon Center 2009
Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 2012

Attendance Figure Records:
The very first show, November 26th, 1987 at the Richfield Coliseum, still holds the Survivor Series record for the biggest attendance with 21,300.  Coming in second is Montreal’s 20,593 in 1997.

The lowest attendance total to date is Cleveland’s Gund Arena’s 7,500 in 2004.  Other crowds of less than 10,000 include 2010 at Miami’s American Airlines Arena with 8,000 and last year’s 8,500 at Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Interesting Facts About Survivor Series Dates:

Every Survivor Series event has been held in November, and usually around the date of Thanksgiving in a given year, sometimes though there have been exceptions to that rule.  The earliest that the Survivor Series has been held is the infamous 1997 one, held on the 9th in Montreal.  Other oddly early dates include the 14th in 1999 and 2004, and the 15th in 1998.

The latest date in November that the PPV has aired is the 28th in 1991.

Also, because of its Thanksgiving tradition origins, Survivor Series was a rare non-weekend PPV event.  From the first one in 1987 through, 1991 the show took place on Thanksgiving Thursday itself; the show was then moved to Thanksgiving Eve from 1992 through 1994, before moving to November Sundays in 1995, and usually around the week of Thanksgiving of course.