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The Dow Event Center

About The Dow Event Center

The versatility of The Dow Event Center with its multi-purpose venues featuring a 7,500 seat arena easily hosting conventions, exhibits, concerts and sporting events such as the OHL Saginaw Spirit Hockey. The theatre seats 2,300 and is home to the Broadway In Saginaw Series each season along with comedy, smaller concerts and community events. The Hall offers the elegance and flexibility to accommodate weddings, galas, fundraisers, meeting and special events with in its 10,000 square foot walls. Patrons are greeted beneath a sky-lit dome known as the Atrium as they enter the facility which also offers a unique venue for special events.

The Dow Event Center Facility History

The Saginaw Civic Center was built in 1972 by the City of Saginaw. The Civic Center was composed of three main parts: Wendler Arena, Heritage Theater, and Unity Hall.

Since 1972, the Center has served Saginaw County and the surrounding region as a first-class event venue. The Center has offered all County residents hundreds of entertainment, sport, cultural and educational opportunities annually.

In 2000, Spicer Engineering of Saginaw conducted an Engineering Study of the entire facility and the cost of repairs and maintenance for updating the facility was estimated. Estimates for repairs on the facility came in at $17 million and included repairs and enhancements to lighting, seating, restroom facilities, sound systems, roofing, and loading docks. They were also asked to present the costs associated with building a similar facility somewhere else within the County. It was estimated that it would take $69 million to build such a facility elsewhere. SMG was chosen as the management group to run the newly-dubbed County Event Center.

On June 30, 2001, the City of Saginaw closed the Saginaw Civic Center. The voters of Saginaw County decided on May 8, 2001, to reopen the facility on July 1, 2001, as the Saginaw County Event Center. SMG has managed the facility with the oversight of the Saginaw County Building Authority and an Event Center Advisory Group. The $850,000 subsidy was reduced by almost half in the first three years of operation.

The Garber Management Group purchased an Ontario Hockey League team in early 2002. The team was named the Saginaw Spirit and Wendler Arena became its new home. Over 30 home games are played by the Saginaw Spirit in Wendler Arena every year, adding another dimension to the Event Center.

Dow Chemical Company of Midland was awarded naming rights to the facility in September 2004. The agreement was mutually beneficial; Dow was able to support a worthy community endeavour and the Event Center was given an internationally recognized name to help draw performers and shows. All of these forces will help to keep The Dow Event Center a vital part of the Saginaw community for years to come.

Box office and business hours at The Dow Event Center

  • Box Office Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Open on Saturday for an on-sale date at 10:00 am
  • Open on Saturday and Sunday for events 2 hours before show time
  • All weekend hours subject to change depending on particular event
  • Box Office phone number: (989) 759-1330
  • Online at
  • Ticketmaster Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000.
  • For Group Sales call (989) 759-1330 or (989) 759-1323
  • For advance notification of upcoming events, join "The Dow Ticket Talk" E-Newsletter... or for more information call (989)759-1320
  • Method of Payment - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Cash (checks only for group sales made out to The Dow Event Center)

Only tickets to events being held at the The Dow Event Center can be purchased at the Box Office. Tickets to their events can also be purchased at any Ticketmaster Outlet, online, and through Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

The Dow Event Center Box Office is a walk in facility only: no phone ticket sales.


  • Parking charges for sporting & theater events are $10.00 Front Lot and $5.00 for Ramp and Street Flat Lots.
  • Parking charges for major arena events will be $15.00 for Front Lot and $10:00 for Ramp and Street Flat Lots.
  • Not all parking surrounding the venue is operated by SMG, signage will state The Dow Event Center Parking.


The Dow Event Center parking ramp is located just across the street from The Dow. The first floor of the ramp is reserved for handicapped parking. They also offer "VIP" event parking for slightly higher rate, as well as additional handicapped parking in our front lot which is directly in front of the facility. Additional flat lot is located directly across the street from the venue & at the southeast corner of Jefferson Avenue & Johnson Street.

    From the South
  • Take I-75 Northbound to the I-675 Downtown Exit
  • Take this route to the 5th and 6th Avenue Downtown Exit
  • Follow the service road you exit onto to North Washington
  • Turn left and travel to Johnson Street
  • The Dow Event Center is located on the Northeast corner of Washington and Johnson
  • Parking ramp on your right
    Alternate, From the South
  • Take Northbound M-52 to M-46
  • Turn right [East] and travel to M-13 (Washington Avenue)
  • Turn left [North] and travel to Johnson Street
  • The Dow Event Center is on your right
  • Parking ramp on your left
    From the West
  • Take Eastbound M-46 to M-13 (Washington Avenue in Saginaw)
  • Turn left [North] and travel to Johnson Street
  • The Event Center is on your right
    From the North
  • Take I-75 Southbound to the I-675 Downtown Exit
  • Exit at the Jefferson Street Downtown Exit
  • Take the first right off the exit ramp
  • Take a right onto Johnson Street, the Dow Event Center is on your right
  • Parking ramp on your left
    From the East
  • Take M-46 West to Northbound I-75
  • Exit at the I-675 Downtown Exit and follow the directions above "From the South"
    Alternate, From the East
  • Take M-81 West: M-81 will become M-13, which is North Washington in Saginaw
  • Travel to Johnson Street
  • The Dow Event Center is on your left

For more information please visit their website.


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