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The War Memorial at Oncenter, originally the Onondaga County War Memorial, is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Syracuse, New York. Designed by Edgarton and Edgarton and built from 1949 through 1951, the structure is significant as an example of a World War I, World War II and Aroostook War commemorative.

Notable events

The Onondaga County War Memorial was home to the annual New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling tournament in 1968, from 1970 to 1972, and then for 29-straight years, 1974-2003. The championship event has since been hosted by various venues around the state.

Professional wrestling has also experienced its share of history at the War Memorial. Shortly after completion of filming of the World Championship Wrestling-produced film Ready to Rumble, actor David Arquette won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship title on April 26, 2000 in a taping of the company's weekly WCW Thunder broadcast, which is often cited as being the first legitimate sign of the demise of WCW. It also hosted the first WWF In Your House pay-per-view in 1995. In April 1998 the Oncenter hosted WWF Monday Night Raw. The Oncenter is occasionally host to WWE house shows. On July 12 & 13, 2014 It will Host Pro Wrestling Elite's Battle for 'Cuse Tournament.

It is also a prominent concert venue in the region, which includes various KISS, Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful Dead and Aerosmith shows among numerous others over the years.

On top of the arena's stage are the words, "In memory of our service veterans."

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