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History of Five Flags Center

The Five Flags Center is a multi-purpose facility in downtown Dubuque, which was named for the five flags of countries that have, at one point in time, flown over the city of Dubuque.
  • The Fleur de Lis of France (1673–1763)
  • The Royal Flag of Spain (1763–1803)
  • The Union Jack of Great Britain (1780, during a brief interruption of Spanish rule)
  • The French Republic Flag of Napoleon (1803)
  • The United State's of America's Stars and Stripes (1803–Present)
Formally known as the Majestic Theatre, the existing theater was designed and built around 1911 by C.W. and George L. Rapp of Chicago, who then went on to become America's premier theater architects. From 1929 to 1933,the theater was owned and operated by local prominent businessman Harker Brentnal Spensley, Sr. Spensley, who was the president and manager, named the theater "The Spensley." Four years later, it became part of the RKO film theater circuit and was renamed the RKO Orpheum. By 1969, the building had fallen into disrepair and was scheduled for demolition during Urban Renewal.

A committee of concerned citizens, led by Wayne Andrew Norman, Sr. launched a fundraiser to save the theater, which was integrated into the Five Flags Center project in 1972. Restoration begun in 1975, and the theater reopened in 1976 as the Five Flags Theater. It is currently the home of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, high school musicals, as well as concerts and ballet productions.

The Five Flags Arena was conceived as part of a project to rehabilitate the Five Flags Theater. Construction of the arena began in 1976, and the facility had its grand opening on March 24, 1979. The $3.7 million complex wrapped around the theater and extended north between Locust and Main Streets.

The Center features an arena with seating capacity of 4,700. The arena be converted for use as an exhibition hall and an ice rink with the removal of an insulated floor laid over the ice. The Five Flags Center was the former home of the Dubuque Fighting Saints (1980-2001) of the United States Hockey League from 1980–2001 and the home of the Dubuque Thunderbirds hockey team of the Central States Hockey League from 2001–2010.

In 2004, the City of Dubuque exchanged management of the building to SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue Management, who currently manages the facilities today. By 2015, the size and age of the building began to limit potential revenue opportunities. In 2016, the Dubuque City Council approved $50,000 for a building and market evaluation for the identification of better uses for the facilities. In December 2016, city council members were asked to approve a request for proposals prepared by a committee of city and economic development officials to determine the future of the building.

In May 2018 council members were given a draft report to be used as a guiding document for future decisions. Against the backdrop of the facility being expected to cost the city nearly $900,000 in taxpayer-funded subsidy in the year ending in June, consultants were asked to evaluate the following: maintain the status quo, limited renovation of the arena. renovation of the theater and expanding the arena, or renovating the theater and building a new areas.

In June, 2018 an advisory commission in Dubuque recommended a $68.5 million construction plan for a local multi-purpose facility. The plan included renovating the center's theater, expanding the facility and building a new 6,000-seat arena.


Source: encyclopediadubuque.org

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Bob Hope

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AC/DC

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May 11, 1979
Van Halen

Van Halen

July 26, 1979
Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings

August 9, 1979
Rush

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August 18, 1979
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Harry Chapin

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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

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Harlem Globetrotters

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March 30, 1981
March 28, 1983
April 16, 1984
January 24, 1989
April 6, 1990
April 2, 1992
January 3, 1994
January 9, 1997
April 22, 1999
January 8, 2001
December 30, 2003
December 29, 2005
January 12, 2009
January 1, 2011
December 30, 2012
January 4, 2015
April 6, 2016
April 11, 2019
Heat East

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February 1, 1980
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Hank Williams, Junior

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REO Speedwagon

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April 25, 1980
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May 30, 1980
Judas Priest

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July 28, 1980
Def Leppard

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July 28, 1980
The Scorpions

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July 28, 1980
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Cheap Trick

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March 19, 1981
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Ted Nugent

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July 24, 1981
Air Supply

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September 8, 1981
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January 22, 1982
Loverboy

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February 22, 1982
Pure Prairie League

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April 16, 1982
Merle Haggard

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July 13, 1982
Rick Springfield

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July 17, 1982
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July 28, 1982
KISS

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February 16, 1983
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March 11, 1983
George Jones

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March 13, 1983
Alabama

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September 10, 1983
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October 13, 1983
Twisted Sister

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October 13, 1983
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November 18, 1983
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Burl Ives

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Adam Ant

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March 23, 1984
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March 23, 1984
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April 14, 1984
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September 6, 1984
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October 12, 1984
Tony Bennett

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October 28, 1984
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November 5, 1984
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Dokken

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March 16, 1985
Emmylou Harris

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May 20, 1985
Tom Jones

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July 29, 1985
Night Ranger

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July 31, 1985
The Oak Ridge Boys

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Winger

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September 30, 1990
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September 30, 1990
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February 14, 1991
Damn Yankees

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February 14, 1991
Great White

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April 1, 1991
Nelson

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George Thorogood

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Pantera

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May 31, 1992
Alan Jackson

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June 20, 1992
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July 19, 1995
Nazareth

Nazareth

July 19, 1995
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March 15, 1996
Bob Dylan

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Martina McBride

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November 23, 1996
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Crosby, Stills, and Nash

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April 30, 1997
Collective Soul

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April 9, 1999
The Goo Goo Dolls

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October 6, 1999
Tonic

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October 6, 1999
The Wallflowers

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Novemeber 28, 2000
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April 13, 2003
Willie Nelson

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March 11, 2005
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