Ovens Auditorium is located on East Independence Boulevard. Conpletedin 1955, it was named for outspoken civic leader David Ovens (1872-1957), the leader of the auditorium-coliseum citizen planning committee. The 2,600-seat auditorium adjoins the Charlotte Coliseum, which also opened in 1955. At one time, the building had the world's largest unsupported concrete dome. The 208,400-square-foot Charlotte Coliseum featured nearly 10,000 seats.