Former Location –
The Hollywood Sportatorium was an indoor arena in Pembroke Pines, Florida that opened in September 1970 and was located about 26 miles from downtown Miami and 23 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale.
The Sportatorium was originally constructed as a venue for professional sports (thus the name) but it was unsuccessful in attracting any type of sports franchise. It did however become a venue for Rock N Roll in 1971 when a summer series of weekly rock concerts where held there every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Some of the bands that played there in 1971 where: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Led Zeppelin, MC5, Alice Cooper, Grand Funk Railroad, Fleetwood Mac, Spirit, The Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger.
Other acts to appear later included The Allman Brothers Band, The Moody Blues, Poco, John Mayall, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Spooky Tooth, Frank Zappa, Chicago, Foghat, Pink Floyd and Elton John.
On Feb. 17, 1973, Free, best known for their 1970 song “All Right Now” broke up after playing their final show at the Sportatorium. Their lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to form Bad Company along with their drummer, Simon Kirke and ex Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs and ex King Crimson bassist Boz Burrell.
In 1993, after hurricane damage from the previous year’s Hurricane Andrew, the Hollywood Sportatorium was torn down.
17171 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines FL 33028