The New Mexico State Fair had to be canceled for more than two decades because there was no suitable venue to hold it. The first year there was no State Fair was 1916 and the Tingley Coliseum wasn't dedicated until 1957. Politicians from the State of New Mexico talked President Franklin Roosevelt into using some of the WPA money to construct the Coliseum, but it took much longer than expected to complete. The State Fair, however, was able to reopen in 1938.
The coliseum was dedicated to Governor Tingley and Roy Rogers and Dale Evans played at the Tingley Coliseum for the entire nine day run in 1957. The Tingley Coliseum holds more than eleven thousand people in the multi - purpose arena. The address is 300 San Pedro Dr NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was home to the New Mexico Scorpions Ice Hockey team until 2006 when they moved to a newer center.
Some of the performers that have performed at the Tingley Coliseum are: Cher, Tina Turner, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve McQueen, Metallica, Antonio Banderas, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, the Neville Brothers, Red Skelton, Merle Haggard, Roy Orbison and World Wrestling Entertainment. The Coliseum also hosted the 1987 Miss USA pageant. Upcoming events to the Tingley Coliseum are Monster Jam, N*E*R*D, Wale and JAY-Z.
The oval shaped area has the Main Entrance on the West side. The stage can be set up on the end of the oval or in the center of the arena depending on the performance.
There are many hotels in Albuquerque that are close to the Tingley Coliseum. The Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown is located at 2600 Louisiana Blvd NE and the Four Points by Sheraton Albuquerque Midtown - University at 1660 University Blvd NE. There is also a Holiday Inn at 5050 Jefferson St NE, Residence Inn by Marriott at 4331 The Lane, Albuquerque North Drury Inn at 4310 The 25 Way NE, Nativo Lodge at 6000 Pan American Freeway NE, Quality Suites Albuquerque at 5251 San Antonio Blvd, La Quinta Inn Albuquerque North at 5241 San Antonio Drive NE, Best Western Executive Suites at 4630 Pan American Freeway NE, Hampton Inn Albuquerque North at 5105 Ellison, Hilton Garden Inn Albuquerque Journal Center at 5320 San Antonio Blvd, La Quinta Inn Albuquerque NW at 7439 Pan American Freeway NE, Clarion Hotel Albuquerque at 7620 Pan American Freeway and Marriott Albuquerque Pyramid North at 5151San Francisco Road.
Restaurants within a mile of the Tingley Coliseum are: Pepper's Ole Fashion BBQ and Soul Food, Furr's Family Dining, Sonic Drive In, Bangkok Caf,, Los Arcos, Caf, Da Lat, Village Inn, Chopstix, Taeja's, Baggin's Gourmet Sandwiches, Pho #1, Lindo Mexico, Quesada's New Mexican Restaurant, Yummy's, Mediterranean Caf,, Que Huong, La Michoacana de Paquime, Cuco's Express, Teriyaki Chicken Bowl, Dolly Madison, Happys Deli, May Caf,, McDonalds, Hawaiian Restaurant, Carl's Jr., Lollicup Caf,, Subway, Wecks, Ay Caramba, Double Bubble, main Chinese Buffet, Vietnam, Federico's Mexican Food and visitors to the coliseum should be able to find food at the venue such as hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken.