NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge
The NBA Skills Challenge, is a National Basketball Association contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. First held in 2003, it is a competition to test ball-handling and shooting ability. In the current version of the contest, two participants race against each other on identical courses by first dribbling between five obstacles while running down the court. Next, the player must throw a pass into an upright hoop; the players must dribble back the full length of the court for a lay up. Shortly after, the players must dribble back down the court and hit a three pointer from the top of the basketball key; the match ends. The champion is decided via a single elimination tournament format, with a guard and a frontcourt player guaranteed to face off in the final round; the current champion is Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics. A The time is the all-time event record. B Jameer Nelson was replaced by Mo Williams. C Derrick Rose was replaced by Russell Westbrook.
D Stephen Curry was replaced by Rajon Rondo. E For the 2013–14 season, the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge was revamped to have 4 teams of two players compete to a two-round time relay-style course. F John Wall was replaced by Patrick Beverley due to resting purposes. G Michael Carter-Williams was replaced with his teammate Robert Covington due to injuries. Covington would be replaced by Elfrid Payton due to resting purposes. H Jimmy Butler was replaced by Dennis Schröder due to a shoulder injury. I Starting with the 2014–15 season, the NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge was revamped to a best of 8 tournament where after 8 players competed in the first round, only 4 would go to the semi-final round and 2 would participate in the championship round. J Defending champion Patrick Beverley would be replaced by rookie Emmanuel Mudiay due to an ankle injury. K Joel Embiid was replaced by Nikola Jokić due to a knee injury. L Kristaps Porziņģis was replaced by Andre Drummond due to a torn ACL injury.
M Donovan Mitchell was replaced by Buddy Hield after Mitchell replaced Aaron Gordon for the Slam Dunk Contest. Starting with the 2015 edition of the Skills Challenge, a tournament format was adopted. 20152016201720182019 "Davis, Cousins give Taco Bell Skills Challenge new look". NBA.com. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 2010 Skills Challenge 2009 Skills Challenge 2008 Skills Challenge 2007 Skills Challenge 2006 Skills Challenge 2005 Skills Challenge 2004 Skills Challenge
Marvin "Mendy" Rudolph was an American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association for 22 years, from 1953 to 1975. Regarded as one of the greatest officials in NBA history, Rudolph officiated 2,112 NBA games and was the first league referee to work 2,000 games, he was selected to referee eight NBA All-Star Games and made 22 consecutive NBA Finals appearances. Following his career as a referee, he was a color commentator for CBS Sports's coverage of the NBA on CBS for two seasons from 1975 to 1977 and he appeared in a television advertisement for Miller Lite, he was a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2007. Born in Philadelphia, Rudolph was raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, his father, Harry Rudolph, was a prominent basketball baseball umpire. Mendy Rudolph played basketball as a child and chose the same profession as his father. Upon graduating from James M. Coughlin High School, he began officiating basketball games at the Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center and worked scholastic games.
At age 20, he was recruited to referee games alongside his father, who served as Eastern Professional Basketball League President from 1956 to 1970. During his career in the Eastern League, he officiated his first Eastern League President's Cup championship series in 1948 and was selected as a referee in at least one game in every President's Cup playoff and championship series between 1949 and 1953. At the same time, he served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. Rudolph was married twice during his life, his first marriage was to his childhood sweetheart and together they raised three children. But the relationship became troubled and ended. In 1961, Mendy Rudolph met Susan, a receptionist at the WGN office in New York City, while both worked for the station. At the time, Rudolph worked at WGN as an additional job outside of officiating, common among referees from his era. Mendy and Susan Rudolph were married in 1973. Two years their first child, Jennifer Rudolph, was born. Throughout his life, Rudolph suffered from a gambling problem and was labeled a "compulsive gambler".
He would spend his leisure time placing bets at race tracks and Las Vegas and Puerto Rico casinos. At that time, NBA referees were allowed to gamble; as he incurred gambling losses, Rudolph was once offered by a Las Vegas gambler to erase his outstanding debt by participating in point shaving. However, he refused to accept the offer and said to his wife, "It goes against all my principles. I love the game too much. I couldn't do it to you. I couldn't do it to the memory of my father, I couldn't do it to myself. If I have to go into bankruptcy, something I'd hate to do, I'd do it," according to in a 1992 New York Times interview with Susan Rudolph. Rudolph had cashed in his $60,000 pension fund to pay debts and he still owed an additional $100,000. While he refused to seek professional help, Rudolph cut back on his gambling habit in his life. Rudolph was recommended by Eddie Gottlieb and owner of the NBA's Philadelphia Warriors at the time, to then-NBA commissioner Maurice Podoloff, after observing Rudolph officiate an exhibition game.
Rudolph was hired by the NBA in February 1953, midway through the 1952–53 NBA season and he became the youngest official in the league. In his early years with the NBA, Rudolph became an established official as he worked playoff games within his first two years in the league. Rudolph officiated the 1955 NBA Finals between the Syracuse Nationals and Fort Wayne Pistons, notable for its actions by fans, fights between players, attacks on referees. Game 3 of the series, played in Indianapolis, was interrupted by a fan who threw a chair on the floor and ran on the court to protest calls made by Rudolph and referee Arnie Heft. Six years he made history by officiating the entire 1961 NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks with his colleague Earl Strom. Rudolph and Strom officiated another notable game in the 1964 NBA Finals. In Game 5 of the championship series, Wilt Chamberlain, playing for the San Francisco Warriors, knocked out Clyde Lovellette of the Boston Celtics with a punch.
Celtics head coach Red Auerbach stormed onto the court and demanded that Chamberlain be thrown out of the game. The latter told Auerbach if he did not "shut up", he would be knocked down to the floor with Lovellette. Auerbach countered the threat, "Why don't you pick on somebody your own size." Rudolph intervened the discussion and told Auerbach, "Red, do you have any other seven-footers who'd like to volunteer?" As his career progressed in the league, Rudolph took on responsibilities beyond officiating. In 1966, he was named referee-in-chief and worked alongside Dolph Schayes, hired as the league's supervisor of officials that year to replace Sid Borgia. In this position, he oversaw areas that pertained to referee mechanics and rule interpretations, it was in this role that he authored Case Book. While he served as head of officials, the NBA lost four veteran officials—Norm Drucker, Joe Gushue, Earl Strom, John Vanak to the rival American Basketball Association in 1969 over salary and benefits.
At the time of transaction, Rudolph told Strom, " Carl, I were prepared to offer you guys the greatest contract in the history of pro basketball."By the early 1970s, Rudolph encouraged the league to adopt a plain gray referee uniform over the traditional "zebra" shirt to de-emphasize t
Willis Reed Jr. is an American retired basketball player and general manager. He spent his entire professional playing career with the New York Knicks. In 1982, Reed was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1996, he was voted one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History". After retiring as a player, Reed served as assistant and head coach with several teams for nearly a decade was promoted to general manager and vice president of basketball operations for the New Jersey Nets; as senior vice president of basketball operations, he led them to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. Reed was born on June 1942 in Dubach, Louisiana within Lincoln Parish, he grew up on a farm in Louisiana. His parents worked to ensure. Reed showed athletic ability at an early age and played basketball at West Side High School in Lillie, Louisiana. Reed attended Grambling State University, a black college. Playing for the Grambling State Tigers men's basketball team, Reed amassed 2,280 career points, averaging 26.6 points per game and 21.3 rebounds per game during his senior year.
He led the Tigers to three Southwestern Athletic Conference championships. Reed became a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity; the New York Knicks selected Reed in the second round, with the eighth overall selection, in the 1964 NBA draft. Reed made a name as a fierce and physical force on both ends of the floor. In March 1965, he scored 46 points against the Los Angeles Lakers, the second-highest single game total by the Knicks' rookie. For the 1964–65 season, he ranked seventh in the NBA in scoring and fifth in rebounding, he began his string of All-Star appearances and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award while being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Reed proved to be a clutch playoff performer throughout his career, he gave an early indication of this in the 1966–67 season when he improved his regular season averages to 20.9 points per game, scoring 27.5 points per game in the postseason. He played center. Despite his average stature for a basketball player, he made up for his lack of height by playing a physical game ending seasons with respectable averages in blocking and rebounding.
He stood 6 ft 9 in when contemporaries such as Wilt Chamberlain stood 7 ft 1 in and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 7 ft 2 in. The team continued to struggle for a few years while adding good players through trades and the draft. Dick McGuire was replaced as coach with Red Holzman, midway through the 1967–68 season; the Knicks had gone 15–22 under McGuire. In 1968, New York's record was its first winning record since the 1958 -- 59 season. Reed continued to make annual appearances in the NBA All-Star Game. By this time, he was playing power forward. Reed averaged 11.6 rebounds in 1965–66 and 14.6 in 1966–67, both top 10 marks in the league. By the latter season, he had adjusted to the nuances of his new position, averaging 20.9 points to rank eighth in the NBA. In 1968–69, New York held opponents to a league-low 105.2 points per game. With Reed clogging the middle and Walt Frazier pressuring the ball, the Knicks would be the best defensive club in the league for five of the next six seasons. Reed scored 21.1 points per game in 1968–69 and grabbed a franchise record 1,191 rebounds, an average of 14.5 rebounds per game.
In the 1969–70 season, the Knicks won a franchise record 60 games and set a single season NBA record with an 18-game win streak. In 1970, Reed became the first player in NBA history to be named the NBA All-Star Game MVP, the NBA regular season MVP, the NBA Finals MVP in the same season; that same year, he was named to the All-NBA First Team and NBA All-Defensive First Team, as well as being named as ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year, the Sporting News NBA MVP. Reed's most famous performance took place on May 8, 1970, during game seven of the 1970 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers in Madison Square Garden. Due to a severe thigh injury, a torn muscle that had kept him out of game six, he was considered unlikely to play in game seven. However, Reed surprised the fans by walking onto the court during warmups, prompting widespread applause. Starting the game, he scored the Knicks' first two field goals on his first two shot attempts, his only points of the game. Following the game in the winner's locker room, a moved Howard Cosell told Reed on national television, "You exemplify the best that the human spirit can offer."
The Knicks slipped to a 52–30 record in the 1970–71 season, still good enough for first place in the Atlantic Division. Once again, Reed started in the All-Star Game. For the season, he averaged 20.9 points and 13.7 rebounds per game, but the Knicks were eliminated by the Baltimore Bullets in the Eastern Conference Finals. In 1971 -- 72, Reed was bothered by tendinitis in his left knee, he missed two weeks early in the season and returned, but shortly thereafter the injured knee prohibited him from playing, he totaled 11 games for the year. Without Reed, the Knicks still managed to make the NBA Finals, but were defeated in five games by the Los Angeles Lakers; the 1972–73 Knicks finished the season with a 57–25 record and went on to win another NBA title. Reed was less of a contributor. In 69 regular season games, he averaged only 11.0 points. In the playoffs, the Knicks beat the Bullets and upset the Boston Celti
Cornelius "Connie" Lance Hawkins was an American basketball player in the American Basketball League, American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association, Harlem Globetrotters, Harlem Wizards, as well as being a New York City playground legend. It was on the New York City courts that he earned The Hawk. Hawkins was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. Hawkins was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Hawkins soon became a fixture at Rucker Park, a legendary outdoor court where he battled against some of the best players in the world. Hawkins did not play much until his junior year at Boys High. Hawkins was All-City first team as a junior as Boys went undefeated and won New York's Public Schools Athletic League title in 1959. During his senior year he averaged 25.5 points per game, including one game in which he scored 60, Boys again went undefeated and won the 1960 PSAL title. Hawkins signed a scholarship offer to play at the University of Iowa.
During Hawkins' freshman year at Iowa, he was a victim of the hysteria surrounding a point-shaving scandal that had started in New York City. Hawkins' name surfaced in an interview conducted with an individual, involved in the scandal. While some of the conspirators and characters involved were known to or knew Hawkins, none – including the New York attorney at the center of the scandal, Jack Molinas – had sought to involve Hawkins in the conspiracy. Hawkins had borrowed $200 from Molinas for school expenses, which his brother Fred repaid before the scandal broke in 1961; the scandal became known as the 1961 college basketball gambling scandal. Despite the fact that Hawkins could not have been involved in point-shaving, he was kept from seeking legal counsel while being grilled by New York City detectives who were investigating the scandal; as a result of the investigation, despite never being arrested or indicted, Hawkins was expelled from Iowa. He was blackballed from the college ranks. NBA commissioner J. Walter Kennedy let it be known that he would not approve any contract for Hawkins to play in the league.
At the time, the NBA had a policy barring players who were remotely involved with point-shaving scandals. As a result, when his class was eligible for the draft in 1964, no team selected him, he went undrafted in 1965 as well before being formally banned from the league in 1966. With the major professional basketball league having blackballed him, Hawkins played one season for the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball League and was named the league's most valuable player. After that league folded in the middle of the 1962–63 season, Hawkins spent four years performing with the Harlem Globetrotters. During the time Hawkins was traveling with the Globetrotters, he filed a $6 million lawsuit against the NBA, claiming the league had unfairly banned him from participation and that there was no substantial evidence linking him to gambling activities. Hawkins's lawyers suggested that he participate in the new American Basketball Association as a way to show that he was talented enough to participate in the NBA.
Hawkins joined the Pittsburgh Pipers in the inaugural 1967–68 season of the ABA, leading the team to a 54–24 regular season record and the 1968 ABA championship. Hawkins led the ABA in scoring that year and won both the ABA's regular season and playoff MVP awards; the Pipers moved to Minnesota for the 1968–69 season, injuries limited Hawkins to 47 games. Hawkins had surgery on his knee; the Pipers made the playoffs despite injuries to their top four players, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In the light of several major media pieces, notably in Life magazine, establishing the dubious nature of the evidence connecting Hawkins to gambling, the NBA concluded it was unlikely to defend the lawsuit and elected to settle after the 1968–69 season; the league paid Hawkins a cash settlement of nearly $1.3 million, assigned his rights to the expansion Phoenix Suns. He would be assigned to the Suns as a result of the them winning a coin toss over the Seattle SuperSonics. Although the Pipers made a cursory effort to re-sign him, playing in the NBA had been a longtime ambition for Hawkins and he signed with the Suns.
In 1969, Hawkins hit the ground running in his first season with the Phoenix Suns, when he played 81 games and averaged 24.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. In the final game of his rookie season, Connie had 44 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 blocks and 5 steals; the Suns finished third in the Western Conference, but were knocked out by the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game Western Conference Finals series in which Hawkins carried the Suns against a team that had future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor and Jerry West. For the series, Hawkins averaged 14 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Hawkins missed 11 games due to injury during the 1970 -- 71 season, he matched those stats the next year, was the top scorer on a per-game basis for the Suns in the 1971–72 season. He averaged only 16 points per game for the Suns in the 1972–73 season, was traded to the Lakers for the next season. Injuries limited his production in the 1974–75 season, Hawkins finished his career after the 1975–76 season, playing for the Atlanta Hawks.
Connie Hawkins was named to the ABA's All-Time Team. Due to knee problems, Hawkins played in the NBA for only seven seasons, he was an All-Star from 1970 to 1973 and was named to the All-NBA First Team in the 1969–70 seaso
Vernon Earl Monroe is an American retired professional basketball player. He played for two teams, the Baltimore Bullets and the New York Knicks, during his career in the National Basketball Association. Both teams have retired Monroe's number. Due to his on-court success and flashy style-of-play, Monroe was given the nicknames "Black Jesus" and "Earl the Pearl". Monroe was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. Born in Philadelphia, Monroe was a playground legend from an early age, his high school teammates at John Bartram High School called him "Thomas Edison" because of the many moves he invented. Growing up in his South Philadelphia neighborhood, Monroe was interested in soccer and baseball more than basketball. By age 14, Monroe was 6'3" and his interest in basketball grew, playing center during most of his youth; some of his "shake-and-bake" style moves originated. "I had to develop flukey-duke shots, what we call la-la, hesitating in the air as long as possible before shooting," Monroe said.
As he was developing as a teenage player, other players would razz him. His mother told him to write down the names of those players. “As you get better than them,” Monroe said his mother instructed, “I want you to scratch those names out.” After graduating from Jonn Bertram High School, Monroe attended a college preparatory school affiliated with Temple University. He worked as a shipping clerk in a factory, while playing basketball at Leon Whitley’s recreation center in Philadelphia. Whitley had played at Winston-Salem Teacher College on their 1953 championship team and encouraged Monroe to attend Winston-Salem to play for coach Clarence "Big House" Gaines. Monroe rose to prominence at a national level at then-Division II Winston-Salem State University, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Under Hall of Fame Coach Gaines, Monroe averaged 7.1 points his freshman year and Monroe tells a story of when he wanted to return to Philadelphia as a freshmen. Coach Gaines called Monroe’s mother and after a stern talk, Monroe stayed in college.
Monroe averaged 23.2 points as a sophomore, 29.8 points as a junior and an amazing 41.5 points his senior year. During that 1966-1967 season, Luix Overbea, a sportswriter for the Winston-Salem Journal, called Monroe’s points “Earl’s pearls.” Soon after, fans began to chant “Earl, the Super Pearl,” and the nickname was born. In 1967, Monroe earned NCAA College Division Player of the Year honors, leading the Rams to the 1967 NCAA College Division Championship with a 77-74 victory over SW Missouri State in the Final. Overall, in his four years at Winston-Salem State University, Monroe averaged 26.7 points, with 2395 total points in 110 games. After he finished his collegiate career, Monroe graduated from Winston-Salem and passed the national teaching exam. Monroe wasn't selected to the 1967 USA Basketball Team to represent the country at the 1967 Pan-American Games after trying out; the 40 person committee failed to select both Monore and fellow future Hall of Fame player Elvin Hayes. Monroe has said that USA coaches said his style of play was “too street, too playground, too black.”
Adding, “It has always left a very bad taste in my mouth.” In 1967, the two-time All-American was drafted No. two overall by the Baltimore Bullets in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft, behind Jimmy Walker, selected by the Detroit Pistons. Monroe won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in a season in which he averaged 24.3 points per game. He scored 56 points in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the third-highest rookie total in NBA history, it was a franchise record broken by Gilbert Arenas on December 17, 2006. Monroe and teammate, future Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Wes Unseld became a formidable combination in Baltimore, Monroe became a cult hero for his ability to run the fast break and for his circus-like shots, he said, "The thing is, I don't know what I'm going to do with the ball, if I don't know, I'm quite sure the guy guarding me doesn't know either." On February 6, 1970, he set an NBA record with 13 points in one overtime in a double-overtime victory over the Detroit Pistons.
In 1968-1969, Monroe averaged 25.8 points, 4.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds, as the Bullets finished 57-25 under Coach Gene Shue, capturing the Eastern Division title. However, the Bullets were swept by the New York Knicks 4-0 in the playoffs after receiving a bye; the Bullets finished 50-32 in 1969-1970, as Monroe averaged 23.4 points, 4.9 assiste and 3.1 rebounds, making the NBA All-Star team. The Bullets were again beaten by the Knicks 4-3 in the playoffs. In 1970-1971, the Bullets captured the Central Division title. Monroe averaged 4.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds. In the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Bullets defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 4-3, defeated the Knicks 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals to reach the 1971. NBA Finals. Monroe averaged 4.0 assists and 3.4 rebounds in the Philadelphia series. He averaged 24.4 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds against the Knicks, including 26 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the Game 7 93-91 Bullet victoryIn the 1971 NBA Finals, the Bullets were matched against the Milwaukee Bucks with Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and Bobby Dandridge.
The Bucks swept the Bullets 4-0. Monroe averaged 16.3 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in the series."Put a basketball in his hands and he does wondrous things with it," Bullets Coach Gene Shue said of Monroe. "He has the greatest combination of basketball ability and showmanship."After the 1
The Three-Point Contest is a National Basketball Association contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of All-Star Weekend. The 2019 iteration of the contest involved ten participants. From its introduction in 1986 to 2002, in 2017 and 2018, eight participants were selected to participate in each season's shootout. Between 2003 and 2016, the contest was open to just six competitors. Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets is the most recent winner of the event, held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this contest, participants attempt to make as many three-point field goals as possible from five positions behind the three-point arc in one minute. Players begin shooting from one corner of the court, move from station to station along the three-point arc until they reach the other corner. At each shooting station is a rack with five basketballs. Out of the five balls, four are worth the fifth one is worth two points; the goal of this contest is to score as many points as possible within one minute.
A perfect score used to be 30 points. Since the 2014 contest, a rack consisting only of "money balls" has been added, can be placed on any of the 5 spots of the player's choice, bringing up the maximum possible score to 34 points. In the qualifying round, each player has a chance to score as many points as possible; the three players with the top scores advance to the finals. The final round is played in the same way as the qualifying round, but players shoot according to the ascending order of their first-round scores. In each round, the shots and the score are confirmed by the referee and the television instant replay system; the final round will be shot in reverse direction. In the case of a tie, multiple extra rounds of 30 seconds are played to determine the winner. Larry Bird, the inaugural winner of this contest, Craig Hodges have each won three consecutive times, while Mark Price, Jeff Hornacek, Peja Stojaković and Jason Kapono have each won two consecutive times. Craig Hodges holds the record for most shots made in one round, as well as most consecutive shots made.
Devin Booker holds the record with 28 points, albeit in the newer 34-point format. Detlef Schrempf and Michael Jordan share the record for the fewest points scored in any round with five in 1988 and 1990 respectively. Kyrie Irving is the youngest player to win the contest at the age of 20. Rimas Kurtinaitis is the only non-NBA player to participate in the contest. Dirk Nowitzki is the only 7-foot player to win the contest. Sources: a The 1999 All-Star Game was cancelled due to the 1998–99 NBA lockout. B Denote contests; the final score given here came from the tiebreaker. C Starting with the 2014 Three-Point Contest, the format includes four extra "money balls". D C. J. McCollum was named as a replacement to Chris Bosh due to the latter being unable to participate in the event with a calf injury. E It is unknown how many of the five "money balls" Hodges hit during his round. General"Shootout All-Time Winners". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. "Shootout Round-by-Round Results: 2000–08".
NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. "Shootout Round-by-Round Results: 1990–98". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. "Shootout Round-by-Round Results: 1986–89". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. "Shootout Records". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. "All-Star Game Contests". Basketball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 19, 2008. Specific
The Pechanga Arena is an indoor arena located in Point Loma within San Diego, California. The arena seats 12,000 for indoor football, 12,920 for ice hockey and box lacrosse, 14,500 for basketball and tennis, 5,450 for amphitheater concerts and stage shows, 8,900-14,800 for arena concerts, 13,000 for ice shows and the circus and 16,100 for boxing and mixed martial arts. In 2000, Amusement Business/Billboard Magazine listed the arena as the "#1" facility in the nation for venues seating 10,001 to 15,000 seats; the same magazine ranked the arena as #2 in 2002 and as the #5 facility in 2003. In 2007, the arena was ranked as the #5 facility by Billboard Magazine. In 2013, U-T San Diego named the arena #3 on its list of the 50 most notable locations in San Diego sports history; the arena is located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., southwest of the interchange of Interstate 5 and Interstate 8. This places it in the Midway neighborhood 10 minutes away from San Diego International Airport by car and about a mile away from the Old Town Transit Center by foot.
The arena was built in 1966 by Robert Breitbard, a local football hero who played for Hoover High School and San Diego State, for $6.4 million. The seating capacity could seat 13,700 for basketball games; the arena opened on November 17, 1966, when more than 11,000 pro hockey fans watched the San Diego Gulls win their season opener, 4–1, against the Seattle Totems. Due to the rights to name the arena being sold over time, the arena has changed names: San Diego International Sports Arena San Diego Sports Arena iPayOne Center San Diego Sports Arena Valley View Casino Center No official name Pechanga Arena From 2004 until 2007, iPayOne, a real estate savings company based in Carlsbad, held the arena's naming rights; the deal was worth $2.5 million over five years. In April 2007 the leasing rights holder Arena Group 2000 cancelled the remainder of the contract due to non-payment by iPayOne. On October 12, 2010, it was announced that the arena's name had been changed to the "Valley View Casino Center", under a $1.5 million, 5-year agreement between the arena operator AEG, the San Pasqual Band of Diegueno Mission Indians and the city of San Diego.
Valley View Casino's naming rights expired November 30, 2018, leaving the arena without an official name until the city council announced on December 4, 2018, that the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, owners of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, had acquired for $400,000 per year the naming rights to the arena renaming it "Pechanga Arena". The agreement runs through May 2020. In 1972, the Republican Party considered the arena for its National Convention. With little warning, the GOP decided to hold the convention in Miami Beach. To compensate for this blow to local prestige, then-mayor Pete Wilson gave San Diego the by-name of "America's Finest City", still the city's official moniker; the most notable sporting event to take place in the arena was the 1973 Ken Norton–Muhammad Ali fight in which, by split decision, San Diego local Norton won. At the San Diego Indoor Track Meet, Irish distance runner Eamonn Coghlan broke the world record for the indoor mile in 1979 and 1981. A photo of his crossing the finish line appeared around the world including the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Coghlan's time for the 1981 race is still the world record for the indoor mile. It was the home of the San Diego Rockets of the National Basketball Association from 1967 to 1971, the San Diego Conquistadors/Sails of the American Basketball Association from 1974 to 1976, the San Diego Mariners of the World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977, the San Diego Friars of World Team Tennis from 1975 to 1978, the San Diego Clippers of the NBA from 1978 to 1984, the San Diego State University Aztecs basketball teams, off and on, from 1966 to 1997, the San Diego Sockers indoor soccer team which won 10 titles in the arena, as well as other small sports franchises; the San Diego Sockers made their return to the arena in 2012 for their fourth season in the PASL-Pro from the Del Mar Arena. The San Diego Aviators of WTT relocated from New York City prior to the 2014 season and began playing their home matches in the arena. On December 29, 2014, the Aviators announced that the team would move its home matches to the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in nearby Carlsbad for the 2015 season.
The venue hosted the 1971 NBA All-Star Game and the 1975 NCAA men's basketball Final Four, where UCLA was victorious in John Wooden's final game. The Boston Bruins, whose home ice was of the same dimensions, used the San Diego Gulls as a farm team in the 1960s and 1970s; the arena hosted UFC on Versus 2 on August 1, 2010, with former champion Jon Jones headlining the event. The UFC returned on July 2015 for UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee. In 2015, the Anaheim Ducks relocated their American Hockey League affiliate to San Diego to become another iteration of the San Diego Gulls, using the arena for their home games. On August 7, 2016, the arena played host to the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Kiss as they faced the Cleveland Gladiators in the first round of the AFL Playoffs; the game was moved to San Diego due to the Kiss' home arena, the Honda Center in Anaheim hosting the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus that weekend. The Kiss would lose to the Gladiators 56-52 in front of a crowd of 4,692.
It was the first AFL game to be played at the arena and the first arena football game played there