H-E-B Center at Cedar Park
The H-E-B Center at Cedar Park is an indoor arena in Cedar Park, Texas, close to Austin.
The Cedar Park Center, as it was originally known, is home to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League and the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League.
The 8,700-seat sports arena is located in Cedar Park, Texas, near the intersection of 183A and New Hope Road.
The arena is owned by the city of Cedar Park and operated by Texas Stars L.P., a branch of Northland Properties, which also owns the Dallas Stars and Texas Stars. The arena has held athletic events, concerts, and high school graduations since its inception.
Construction started in 2008 at a cost of $55 million, and the new arena opened in September 2009. Construction activities were led by a variety of local organisations. On September 25, 2009, the building’s debut event featured country music star George Strait.
On April 22, 2016, it was reported that H-E-B had purchased the naming rights to the Cedar Park Center and had renamed it the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.
On February 18, 2011, the center hosted ShoMMA 14, a Strikeforce MMA televised event headlined by Lyle Beerbohm vs. Pat Healy.
On November 11, 2018, Ozuna played in the arena as part of his Aura Tour, selling over 3,000 tickets for a total of $300,000.
The center hosted an edition of AEW Dynamite on February 12, 2020, and Fyter Fest on July 14, 2021.
Cedar Park is a city and a suburb of Austin, Texas, located roughly 16 miles (26 km) north-west of the city center. According to the 2020 United States Census, the city has a population of 77,595.
Before European immigrants arrived in the 19th century, the Cedar Park region was occupied by Native American tribes such as the Tonkawa, Lipan Apache, and Comanche. Near 1983, a paleo-American archaeological site (dubbed the Wilson-Leonard site) was discovered in Cedar Park, revealing evidence of continuous occupancy of the area since around 5000 BC.
Running Brushy was named after a spring that produced the headwaters of the same-named creek in the mid-nineteenth century. After years of running cattle along the Chisholm Trail, George and Harriet Cluck purchased 329 acres (1.33 km2) of land that includes the Running Brushy spring in 1873. Their property was the heart of the community that would become Cedar Park.
The train arrived ten years later. The Austin and Northwestern Railroad, which traveled through Running Brushy and the Cluck ranch and connected the state capitol with the cities of Burnet and Lampasas to the north, was completed in 1882. The town was renamed Bruggerhoff after a railroad company executive at this point. Locals, however, despised the name since it was difficult to spell and pronounce. Emmett Cluck (son of George and Harriet) renamed the hamlet Cedar Park in 1887. A 0.5-acre (2,000-square-meter) “strolling park” was erected near the railroad terminal in 1892. Austinites would take the rail to Cedar Park for day outings.
Cedar Park did not alter much until the 1950s and 1960s, when housing complexes were created in response to the rise of nearby Austin. Cedar Park’s inhabitants opted to incorporate on February 24, 1973. The population was expected to be 1,765. In 1978, a library was added.
A powerful and damaging F3 tornado devastated the town on May 27, 1997. During the 1997 Central Texas Tornado outbreak, the tornado was one of 20 verified tornadoes. It destroyed the city’s downtown center, killing one person and nearly destroying the Albertson’s supermarket store.
With the opening of Walmart in 2002, major merchants began to make their way to the area. Super Target, several HEB food shops, Academy Sports and Outdoors, Whole Foods, Randalls, Sprouts Farmers Market, and Costco are among the new huge merchants. 1890 Ranch, Cedar Park Town Center, The Parke, and Cypress Creek Commercial Center are among the prominent shopping malls. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opened in December 2007, becoming the city’s first major medical center.
With a population of 57,957, Cedar Park was rated the fourth fastest growing city in the United States by the US Census Bureau in 2013.
On April 4, 2016, the city announced that it was accepting ideas for an official city flag. Residents had until April 30 to submit recommended designs. On December 9, 2016, Cedar Park announced the winning flag design. On August 8, 2019, the City Council voted to cancel that design. The city has no official flag as of September 2021.
Every December, the 400-year-old Heritage Oak Tree is decked with almost 30,000 lights. It stands 57 feet tall and spans 80 feet. The tree may be seen in the median of Quest Boulevard in Cedar Park.
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