The Cumberland County Civic Center is a multi-purpose event center located at 1 Civic Center Square Portland, Maine. It has a 6,733 permanent seating capacity that is upgradeable into 9,500 for certain events such as concerts and live shows. Currently, it is considered as the home of the Portland ice hockey team.
Completed and opened in 1977, the internal structure of the venue is composed of a deck, a 34,500 square feet arena floor, and restaurant found in its lobby area. The structure's history is what makes it quite unique. It is said that the local residents were asked to sponsor individual seats where their names will be engraved upon. They may also choose to dedicate a sponsored seat to someone they know. By then, the official release name of the building was George I. Lewis Auditorium at Cumberland County Civic Center.
Artists who have performed inside its premises include: Elton John, John Mayer, Motley Cure, and Toby Keith, among others. It also hosted family entertainment shows such as Disney on Ice, Sesame Street Live, The Harlem Globetrotters, and many more. Finally, it still continues to host the long tradition of championship tournaments for the American Hockey League.