Our History

A History of Stars

1st SUMMIT ARENA has had many rock, pop, and country stars pass through this historic venue. The following list is only from the previous 5 years. Artists such as Jake Owen, Tyler Farr, Morgan Wallen, Earth Wind & Fire, Luke Combs, Justin Moore, Eric Paslay, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell, Josh Gallagher, Brett Eldredge, Brit Floyd, Nelly, Ashley Cooke, Walker Hayes, Parmalee, Dustin Lynch, Chris Young, Dan & Shay, Tobymac, Manheim Steamroller, Chicago, Reba McEntire, and many more

Learn more about the history and legacy of 1ST SUMMIT ARENA located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The 1st SUMMIT ARENA, formerly known as the Cambria County War Memorial, first opened its doors in October of 1950. In the 73 years since then, it has hosted over 500+ shows in a wide range of genres. The 4000-person arena, which seats up to 3797 for concerts and 3517 for hockey, is home to Hockeyville, USA and the Johnstown Tomahawks who play in the North American Hockey League.

Besides sporting events, 1st SUMMIT ARENA has functioned as a community rink for local hockey programs, public skating, and private events while hosting many forms of entertainment including concerts, kids show, weddings, comedy shows, showcases and more!

A few of the previous performers have included classics such as Chicago, ZZ Top, Styx, The Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Reba, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, 3 Doors Down, Matchbox 20, Alabama, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Waylen Jennings, Kiss, & many More!

Some of our more recent performers include Nelly, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Ginuwine, Alter Bridge, Asking Alexandria, Brett Eldredge, Brit Floyd, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Corey Taylor, Sevendust, Mammoth WVH, Edwin McCain, The Cadillac Three,  Dustin Lynch, Disney On Ice, Blippi The Musical, Harlem Globetrotters, Justin Moore, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Mercyme, Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Alice Cooper, Skillet, Hollywood Undead, Papa Roach, Falling In Reverse, Whiskey Myers, Foreigner, and many more!