Appalachian Wireless Arena

The Appalachian Wireless Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Pikeville, Kentucky. Opened in October 2005, it hosts various local concerts and sporting events for the area. +more The facility, which can seat 7,000 for concerts and 5,700 for sporting events, is owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and managed by the City of Pikeville.


From 2005 to 2019, the facility was named the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, however in June 2019 naming rights were sold to Appalachian Wireless, as part of a 5-year, $85,000/year contract.

On October 22, 2022, the Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball played the annual Blue-White intra-squad scrimmage, normally held at Rupp Arena at Appalachian Wireless Arena to raise money for relief due to the 2022 Eastern Kentucky floods. The event raised over $160,000.


7,000-seat arena *26,000 sq. feet facility- 24,000 sq. +more foot arena floor *5,000 sq. feet of meeting room/ballroom space with sub divisible wall *Boardroom space for smaller meetings *3 Levels: event level, main concourse, upper level *5 concession stands around the main concourse level *Full Service Food & Beverage Department by Elite Catering.


ClubSportYears ActiveLeague
Kentucky DrillersArena Football2011-2013CIFL, UIFL
UPike BearsBasketball2005-presentNAIA
East Kentucky DrillersArena Football2011-2012UIFL
East Kentucky EnergyBasketball2010-2012ABA
East Kentucky MinersBasketball2007-2009CBA

Pikeville Bears basketball