The War Memorial at Oncenter, originally the Onondaga War Memorial, is a 6,159-seat multi-purpose arena in Downtown Syracuse, New York. It is part of the Oncenter Complex.
Designed by Edgarton and Edgarton and built from 1949 through 1951, the structure is significant as an example of a World War I, World War II and Aroostook War commemorative and as "an early and sophisticated example of single-span thin-shell [concrete roof] construction" . It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
For a small glimpse of history, next time you're in here, look up towards the corner rafters and you'll see a Syracuse Nationals 1955 NBA championship banner. The Nationals defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in a deciding seventh game at home to win the 1954-1955 NBA Championship.
On top of the arena's stage are the words, "In memory of our service veterans."
Around the exterior the names of military conflicts have been incised into the walls in chunky block lettering. Only the US flags over the doorways provide colour against the gray concrete.
Jerry performed here on
11/14/93 with JGB
10/27/71 New Riders Of The Purple Sage and Grateful Dead
9/17/73 Grateful Dead
9/18/73 Grateful Dead
9/28/76 Grateful Dead
..and when it was called War Memorial Auditorium
5/9/78 Grateful Dead
5/17/81 Grateful Dead
4/8/82 Grateful Dead
1.)^ LaFrank, Kathleen (October, 1988). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Onondaga County War Memorial". Retrieved 2009-05-02.and Accompanying 21 photos, exterior and interior, from construction through 1988'2.)^ oprhp.state.ny.us