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Pictorial History Of Uline Arena


Uline arena has been described as a “triumph of concrete” when it was constructed in 1939. It is a nondescript building sitting next to the tracks near Union Station and has been largely forgotten by most. Though its appearance is forgettable, its history is amazing.

The Beatles performed their first U.S. concert here on February 11th 1964. Red Auerbach, of Boston Celtic fame, coached the Basketball Association of America’s Washington Capitols in the late 1940s, and the Arena was their home. Many children of the 40s and 50s will remember seeing the circus for the first time at Uline Arena. All this history and much more under one roof!

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Washington Coliseum entrance at 1140 3rd St N.E.
The Beatles First USA concert Video of Beatles First USA Concert, Feb 11, 1964, Uline Arena, Wash, D.C.

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Washington Coliseum as seen from the elevated tracks

Uline Arena Interior

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Uline Arena Interior

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Uline Arena construction information, Engineering News Record, May 23, 1941


Uline Arena Hockey game

National Brewers playing at Washington Coliseum

Washington Capitols team with President Truman middle, Red Auerbach second from the left

Caricature of Capitols player climbing triumphantly atop a basketball
representing the 1947 BAA Western Division with a "1st Place" flag in
hand as a St. Louis player vies for the same position

Washington, D.C. Dance floor at the Uline Arena with Woody Herman's

soldier inspecting a couple of zoot suits at the uline arena

Assorted Washington Coliseum memorabilia

program for the forgotten Washington Presidents hockey team of the 1950s

Washington Caps basketball team coached by Red Arabauch

program for the Washington Lions hockey team

John Paul George and Ringo at the Coliseum
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poster advertising the first Beatles concert in the US

Beatles Concert Uline arena, Feb 11, 1964

A ticket from the Beatles first American concert which cost a whopping $4.00 at the time

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Beatles Concert Uline arena, Feb 11, 1964

Beatles Concert Uline arena, Feb 11, 1964

Beatles having a snowball fight in front of the Washington Coliseum

the Beatles on the National Mall with the U.S. Capitol in the background

Beatles Concert Uline arena, Feb 11, 1964

Beatles Concert Uline arena, Feb 11, 1964

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