The East Kentucky Expo Center’s new name is now official.
At an event Monday afternoon in downtown Pikeville, the East Kentucky Expo Center was officially christened “Appalachian Wireless Arena.” The renaming is the first in the venue’s near decade-and-a-half history and became official with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the arena’s plaza. Community Trust Bank, which has been involved with the Expo Center since its construction, was also announced as the new sponsor of the facility’s box office, and a ceremonial ribbon was also cut commemorating Community Trust’s sponsorship.
Opened in 2005, the Expo Center has played host to numerous concerts and other events. The City of Pikeville eventually took over operation of the facility and continues to operate it. Pikeville City Manager Philip Elswick, who also serves as the CEO of the East Kentucky Exposition Center Corporation, said during Monday’s event that the facility is important to the region’s economy and quality of life.