Category:Professional wrestling venues in California
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The following 21 pages are in this category, out of 21 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 21 pages are in this category, out of 21 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Bren Events Center – It was conceived and planned in 1981, with the passage of a student referendum authorizing an assessment of $23 per student per quarter as of winter 1987. It opened January 8,1987 with UCI Men’s Basketball vs. Utah State, parkin Architects Limited served as the architects for the building, which was renamed Donald Bren Events Center in 1988. The University of California, Irvine renamed the structure in honor of real estate mogul and chairman of the Irvine Company, Donald Bren and it is a 65,000 assignable square-foot multi-purpose facility servicing the University and all of southern California. It features a 22, 000-square-foot arena which hosts UCI Anteater Basketball, volleyball, additional conference and meeting spaces are available to support arena events and to host small meetings. In addition, it provides, An arena of approximately 21,250 ASF that accommodates intercollegiate regulation basketball, an arena that can be converted into three courts for recreational use for basketball and volleyball. An arena with seating of 4,984 for spectator sporting events and 5,710 for concerts, lectures, the Koll Room, a multi-purpose room of 1,820 ASF on the arena level to accommodate meetings, receptions, and instruction. The Stewart Room, a room of 1,600 ASF suitable for receptions for 150, the Berry Family Terrace, an outdoor terrace of 4,480 ASF suitable for intermission and pre- or post event receptions. It serves as the home to UC Irvine Anteaters athletic programs, mens basketball, womens basketball, and mens volleyball all play their home games at Bren. It is also used for concerts, trade fairs, conventions, Broadway shows, TNA Wrestling also held its 2009 Bound For Glory Event here. Blink-182 headlined a sold out show at the Bren in 1999, list of convention centers in the United States Bren Events Center
2. Citizens Business Bank Arena – Citizens Business Bank Arena is a multi-purpose arena, in Ontario, California, USA. It hosts local sporting events and concerts, construction officially began on March 7,2007 and the arena was opened on October 18,2008. It is suitable for events, including basketball, ice hockey, ice shows, boxing, graduation ceremonies. The arenas basketball capacity is 10,832 and it also seats 9,736 for hockey and its full capacity is 11,089. The 225, 000-square-foot venue also has 36 luxury suites on two levels and it is the biggest and most modern arena within the Inland Empire region of California. The arenas construction cost was $150 million, however, it was debt free due to the city selling different properties throughout the city and it was constructed on the old Ontario Motor Speedway property. The arena is owned by the city of Ontario and from 2008 to 2016 was operated by AEG Worldwide, the arena is home to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League and the Ontario Fury of the Major Arena Soccer League. The arenas original name was Ontario Community Events Center when the arena was first announced in October 2006, on October 20,2006, it was announced that the city based bank, Citizens Business Bank, bought the naming right for the arena. Citizens Business Bank is the largest locally-based financial institution in the region, in November 2007, it was announced that a new ECHL franchise will be playing at the arena starting in the 2008–09 season. The arena became home of the ECHLs Ontario Reign, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, the ECHL Reign played their home games at the arena each season from 2008 to 2015. On January 29,2015, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they would be moving their American Hockey League affiliate, the team retained the Reign nickname from its ECHL predecessor. The ECHLs Ontario Reign moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2012, the arena was home to the Ontario Warriors of American Indoor Football but the team folded before the season ended. Since 2013, the arena has been home of the Ontario Fury of the Major Arena Soccer League, in 2014 and 2015, the arena has also hosted select home games of the Los Angeles D-Fenders who play in the NBA Development League. The arena held its opening on October 18,2008. On October 24,2008, its first event took place in front of a sold out crowd of 10,316, for an NBA preseason game, where the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 105–94. There has been a Laker preseason game every year at the arena with the exception of 2011 due to the 2011 NBA lockout. The Reign held its first game at the arena on October 25,2008 against the Las Vegas Wranglers in front of a crowd of 8,832, the Reign won their first game at the arena 4–1. Total Nonstop Action Wrestling held an event there on October 31,2008, Carrie Underwood played the arenas first concert on November 9,2008 with Little Big Town as her opening act
3. Cow Palace – Cow Palace is an indoor arena located in Daly City, California, situated on the citys border with neighboring San Francisco. Completed in 1941, it hosted the San Francisco Warriors of the NBA from 1962 to 1964, the Warriors temporarily returned to the Cow Palace to host the 1975 NBA Finals due to the fact that the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Arena was booked for an Ice Follies performance. It was the site of both the 1956 Republican National Convention and the 1964 Republican National Convention, during the 1960s and 1970s, the SF Examiner Games, a world-class indoor track and field meet, was held annually at the Cow Palace. From 1966 until 1999, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus visited the Cow Palace, joined in later years by what is now Disney on Ice, the arena seats 11,089 for ice hockey and 12,953 for basketball. When the Warriors played there its basketball capacity was just over 15,000 and it has also been the home of the annual Grand National Rodeo, Horse & Stock Show since 1941. The venue hosted the 1960 mens NCAA basketball Final Four and the 1967 NBA All-Star Game, sesame Street Live has been held at the Cow Palace since the early 1980s, as has Champions on Ice. In recent years the Cow Palace has been the Bay Area stop for the Cirque du Soleil, the idea for the arena was inspired by the popularity of the livestock pavilion at the 1915 Panama–Pacific International Exposition. A local newspaper asked, as early as May 1935, Why, a headline writer turned the phrase around, thus Cow Palace. Dont Spurn “Cow Palace Almost ever since the Panama Pacific International Exposition twenty years ago San Francisco has been talking about holding an annual livestock show and it has made a few attempts in temporary quarters. For the past few years agitation has been active until now there is a possibility of establishing a million-dollar stock show plant in Visitacion Valley. Instead of doing what they can toward accomplishing this worthy enterprise there seems to be an effort on the part of many misguided souls to decry what they call a “cow palace. San Francisco has expended plenty in San Mateo county, the most recent investment of prominence being the new county jail and that is a better proposition than many other cities have even been offered when they came to lay out an agricultural exposition grounds. They bring country dollars to town as well as pry loose some of the money that comes out for a different type of amusement. The great good that is done for the industry, which in turn is for the ultimate benefit of the consumer. Instead of spoofing the “million dollar cow palace” the city papers and organizations should get behind it 100 per cent. Sausalito News, during World War II, though, the arena was used for processing soldiers bound for the Pacific Theater. The arena is used for the Grand National Rodeo today. The San Francisco Warriors of the National Basketball Association called the Cow Palace home from 1962 to 1964, the franchise then moved across the bay to the new Oakland Coliseum Arena and changed their name to Golden State Warriors. The Warriors lost to the Boston Celtics in the 1964 NBA Finals, the 1967 NBA Finals between San Francisco and the Philadelphia 76ers saw three games held at the Cow Palace
4. Event Center Arena – The Event Center was built in 1989 for the purpose of supporting and providing entertainment as well as recreational opportunities for the student body and university community. The facility is home to the San Jose State Spartans mens and womens basketball teams, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Event Center at SJSU is the premier mid-sized venue in Northern California. The Event Center was designed to accommodate different events, including musical concerts, sporting events, conferences. The facility has played host to national entertainment acts such as Eric Clapton, George Lopez, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, Conan OBrien, Korn. It also hosts the fall and spring convocation ceremonies for both the College of Engineering and the College of Business at San José State University and it also played host to WWE NXT on the Friday before Wrestlemania 31. Annually, the Event Center hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition Silicon Valley Regional, the Event Center also has a fully equipped gym including basketball and racquetball courts and a weight room for students. San Jose State University Event Center Official Site
5. The Forum (Inglewood, California) – The Forum is a multi-purpose indoor arena in Inglewood, California, adjacent to Los Angeles. Located between West Manchester Boulevard, across Pincay Drive and Kareem Court, it is north of the under-construction Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park and it is about three miles east of Los Angeles International Airport. Opening on December 30,1967, the Forum was an unusual, architect Charles Luckmans vision was brought to life by engineers Carl Johnson and Svend Nielsen, who were able to engineer the structure so that it had no major support pillars. This had previously been unheard of in an arena the size of the Forum. The arena is visible on the approach to the airport from the east. With Madison Square Garden, it was one of the best-known indoor sports venues in the U. S. The Forum was also the home of the WNBAs Los Angeles Sparks from 1997 to their 2001 move to Staples Center. It was acquired in 2000 by the Faithful Central Bible Church, on September 24,2014, the Forum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The arena is known as The Forum Presented by Chase. It is also informally as the L. A. Forum. On the site of a golf course, the fabulous Forum was built in 1967 by Jack Kent Cooke. The Canadian Cooke, who enjoyed ice hockey, was determined to bring the NHL to Los Angeles, in 1966, the league announced that it was selling six new franchises, and Cooke prepared a bid. In response, Cooke planned to build a new arena in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, the Canadian won the franchise, paying $2 million for the Los Angeles club, which he called the Kings. According to Springer, Cooke went to Inglewood and built the Forum, the round, $16-million building was designed by Los Angeles architect Charles Luckman to evoke the Roman Forum. The arena seats 17,505 for basketball,16,005 for hockey and up to 18,000 for musical concerts, although it has no luxury suites, it had 2,400 club seats for events. More than 70% of the seats are between the goals, and no seat is more than 170 feet from the playing surface, the Forum became a landmark in the greater Los Angeles area, largely due to the Lakers success and the Hollywood celebrities often seen there. It hosted tennis matches, music concerts, boxing matches and U. S. political events, the arena is sometimes called the Los Angeles Forum or the L. A. Forum to distinguish it from places with the name Forum
6. Golden 1 Center – Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena, located in Downtown Sacramento, California. It sits partially on the site of the former Downtown Plaza shopping center, the publicly owned arena is part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons, otherwise known as DoCo, which includes a $250 million 16-story mixed-use tower. The arena, which replaced Sleep Train Arena as the home of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association, hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting,34 luxury suites were sold to include all events year-round. Suite partners have access to three exclusive clubs on the level including two skyboxes that overlook the concourse and have a direct view of the outside. Capacity is expandable to about 19,000 to accommodate concert audiences, turner Construction, known in the Sacramento area for having built Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport and other projects, was the construction manager for the new arena. The Kings previous owners, led by the Maloof family, first proposed a downtown arena in 2012, the arenas estimated cost was $391 million. The City of Sacramento would have paid $255.5 million, the Kings would have contributed $73.25 million, the Sacramento City Council voted approval of public financing and other terms on May 20,2014. The total cost of Golden 1 Center was once estimated to be $507 million, the Sacramento Kings contributed approximately $284 million and the City of Sacramento contributed approximately $223 million. The City of Sacramento financed its contribution through the sale of bonds and parking, additionally, Golden 1 Center utilizes only FSC-certified wood, an international standard of quality and responsible forest management. The arena earned LEED Platinum certification in late September 2016, the main videoboard, to be hung over center court, will be 84 feet long,10 feet shorter than the basketball court below. Developed in partnership with Panasonic Corp. of North America, it will more than 6,100 square feet. The main screens will be 44 feet wide by 24 feet tall, the screens will broadcast in what is known as “4K Ultra HD. Free wi-fi connections at the arena will be 17,000 times faster than the home network. The connection will extend into the surrounding the arena. As an example of its bandwidth, the team said the network will be able to more than 225,000 posts on Instagram every second. A rooftop platform with light pipes can be programmed by local artists and it is estimated that 10–15% of visitors will walk, bike or take public transportation to Golden 1 Center events. More than 13,500 parking spaces exist within ½ mile of the arena, Sacramento Regional Transit has five light rail stations in the vicinity, with the closest at 7th & Capitol and 8th & Capitol. The Sacramento Valley Station, located at 4th and I Streets, offers Amtrak trains, RT trains and buses, no Mercy was the first WWE pay-per-view event held at Golden 1 Center, on October 9,2016, in front of 14,324 fans
7. Grand Olympic Auditorium – The Grand Olympic Auditorium is the former name of a sports venue in Los Angeles, California, United States. Grand Avenue, the venue was built in 1924, the grand opening of the Olympic Auditorium was on August 5,1925, and was a major media event, attended by such celebrities as Jack Dempsey and Rudolph Valentino. At the time it was the largest indoor venue in the U. S. originally seating 15,300. Throughout the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s it was home to some of the biggest boxing, wrestling, charles Bukowski wrote about the Olympic, even the Hollywood boys knew the action was at the Olympic. Raft came, and the others, and all the starlets and you slammed it home, then slept like a drunk angel. As far back as 1951, there had been rhythm and blues concerts at the Grand Olympic, in 1969-70, The Grand Olympic Auditorium hosted concerts by hard rock acts such as Mountain, Jack Bruce, and Ten Years After. It would be used extensively as a musical venue after 1980. This period in music began with a concert by the band Public Image Ltd. which was produced by Punk Rock impresario David Ferguson. This was the first concert held at the auditorium since the early 1970s and is credited with beginning the Olympics reputation for being a notorious Punk Rock venue. Thereafter legendary promoter Gary Tovar and Goldenvoice Productions started booking shows at the venue, concerts by the likes of GBH, The Exploited, T. S. O. L. SIN34, Suicidal Tendencies, UK Subs, New Regime, Circle Jerks, Angelic Upstarts, The Dickies, Wasted Youth, Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, Love Canal, Bad Religion, FEAR and M. I. A. etc. were happening monthly. In 1986, the videos for Bon Jovis You Give Love A Bad Name. The music video for Janet Jacksons Control was recorded here as well in the same year, survivors music video Burning Heart was recorded here in October 1985. The arena closed its doors in the mid-1980s when promoter Mike Le Bell discontinued his weekly wrestling shows due to low attendance figures when the boom of the professional wrestling era began. This was when the scene shifted from Los Angeles to Dallas World Class, Minneapolis AWA, Jim Crockett Promotions Mid-Atlantic/NWA. It reopened in 1993, but the capacity was reduced to about 10,000, currently the Auditorium seats 7,030 for boxing and wrestling,4,514 for seated concerts, and 7,007 for general admission concerts. Up to 773 seats can be put on the arena floor, throughout the early and mid 1990s, the venue was often the host of many large, all-night rave parties, often held outdoors in the back parking lot, as well as inside the auditorium. On New Years Eve of 1996/1997, a rave called In Seventh Heaven was being held at the Olympic
8. Honda Center – The Honda Center is an indoor arena located in Anaheim, California. The arena is home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League, originally named the Anaheim Arena during construction, it was completed in 1993 at a cost of US$123 million. Arrowhead Water paid $15 million for the rights over 10 years in October 1993. In the short period of time between the enfranchisement of the Mighty Ducks and the rights deal with Arrowhead, Disney referred to the Arena as the Pond of Anaheim. In October 2006, Honda paid $60 million for the rights for over 15 years. The arena opened on June 19,1993, with a Barry Manilow concert as its first event, since then, it has been host to a number of events, such as the 2003 and 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. On June 6,2007, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6–2, Honda Center has hosted several UFC events, starting with UFC59 in 2006. It hosted the 2005 IBF World Championships for badminton in 2005, from 1994 to 1998, it served as a second home for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. It was the arena for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of Roller Hockey International from 1994 to 1999. This arena has hosted a PBR Bud Light Cup event annually since 1998. Since 1994, the arena has hosted the annual John R. Wooden Classic, in 2011, the arena began hosting the Big West Conference Mens and Womens Basketball tournaments. The arena has hosted the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament six times. It even hosted the Frozen Four, the semifinals and final of the NCAA Mens Ice Hockey Championship, in 1999, the Honda Center lies northeast across California State Route 57 from Angel Stadium and roughly 3 miles from Disneyland Park. The arena seats up 17,174 for its primary tenant and it takes only five hours to convert Honda Center from a sporting arena to an 8, 400-seat amphitheater. There are 84 luxury suites in the building, which has hosted 17.5 million people, in 2005, the arena became the first in the U. S. to have two full levels of 360° ribbon displays installed. Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, designed, manufactured and installed the 1,800 feet of full-color LED technology. Outside the venue, the marquee was upgraded with two large video displays measuring 8 feet high by 21 feet, and a new marquee was built with more LED video displays, samueli hopes to bring an NBA team to the arena. During the 2014–2015 NHL Season, it was announced that Honda Center would get a new scoreboard that will replace the one that was in place since its opening in 1993, the new scoreboard made its debut in a Ducks Preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings
9. Kezar Pavilion – Kezar Pavilion, located adjacent to Kezar Stadium, is an indoor arena in the southeast corner of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, United States. Built in 1924, the Pavilion seats 4,000 people and is owned and operated by the City of San Francisco. The San Francisco Rumble, of the American Basketball Association, and the Academy of Art University Urban Knights, the University of San Francisco basketball team used Kezar Pavilion before War Memorial Gymnasium was constructed. The Santa Clara Broncos also used the pavilion for home games from 1927 until World War II, due to alumni, the most regular tenant of Kezar Pavilion was the co-ed roller derby team the Bay Bombers. The Bombers skated home games at the venue from 1961 to the end of the Roller Derby in 1973, games played by the Bombers were videotaped and shown to a TV network of more than 100 stations. In 2007 the San Francisco Bay Bombers and roller derby returned to the pavilion, Kezar was not only used by the Bombers for home season games, but the team also held tryouts in the building. In 2011 the Bay Area Derby Girls hosted their first double-header at the pavilion, as of 2013, Kezar is also a venue for San Francisco high school basketball games. The arena has accommodated numerous different sports, ranging from middle school volleyball to professional boxing, the versatility of the arena means that the differing requirements of various sports can be met, from professional basketball game to recreational indoor soccer. Kezar was discussed as a possible badminton or table tennis venue, for the purpose of training or qualifying, concerts for artists such as Throbbing Gristle, The String Cheese Incident, The Clash, and Smashing Pumpkins have been held at Kezar Pavilion. Kezar is popular as a venue due to the intimate high-school gymnasium atmosphere that exists. Throbbing Gristles Kezar show was the bands last ever live performance
10. Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center – The Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center is a convention center located in Long Beach, California. Built on the site of the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, the venue is composed of the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach Arena. The auditorium was demolished in 1975 to make way for the convention center, Pacific Room – an event space within the Long Beach Arena. A flying steel truss system converts the arena floor into a space for receptions. For concerts, the venue can seat 2, 990–4,890 and it was originally known as the Pacific Ballroom. Long Beach Performing Arts Center Terrace Theater Center Theater Seaside Ballroom Long Beach Arena was the first building to be completed in the complex. Capacities are as follows,11,200 for hockey,13,609 for basketball and either 4,550,9,200 or 13,500 for concerts, depending on the seating arrangement. The arena has hosted entertainment and professional and college sporting events. For trade shows, the arena features 46,000 square feet of space, hanging from the arenas 77 foot high ceiling is a center-hung scoreboard with four White Way Mega Color Animation Screens. There is an 11 by 15 foot SACO Smartvision LED Wall located on the end of the arena. The Kings played in Long Beach for the first half of their expansion season while The Forum was being completed, in the 1970s, the arena hosted several games of the Los Angeles Sharks, of the WHA and regular appearances of the Los Angeles Thunderbirds roller derby team. The Grateful Dead played the arena on December 15th,1972, in 1980–81 the arena was also home to the California Surf of the North American Soccer League for one season of indoor soccer. The arena was home to the former Long Beach Ice Dogs team, the Ice Dogs ceased operations of the team in 2007. The Eagles performed during a concert for California Senator Alan Cranston on July 31,1980. Tempers boiled over as Glenn Frey and Don Felder spent the entire show telling each other about the beating each planned to administer backstage, only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal, Frey recalls Felder telling him near the end of the bands set. Felder recalls Frey making a threat to him during Best of My Love. Were out there singing ‘Best of My Love, but inside both of us are thinking, As soon as this is over, Im gonna kill him , recalled Frey. The animosity purportedly developed as a result of Felders response of Youre welcome – I guess to Senator Cranston as he was thanking the band for doing the benefit for his reelection
11. Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum – The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is an American sports stadium located in the Exposition Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The stadium serves as the home to the University of Southern California Trojans football team, the facility has a permanent seating capacity of 93,607 for USC football games, making it the largest football stadium in the Pac-12 Conference. For Rams games, capacity is at 80,000, giving it the fourth-largest capacity in the NFL, the stadium is located in Exposition Park and across the street from USC. From 1959 to 2016, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was located adjacent to the Coliseum, the Coliseum is the first stadium to have hosted the Summer Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984 and has been proposed to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The stadium was the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball from 1958 to 1961 and was the host venue for games 3,4. It was the site of the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game, later called Super Bowl I, additionally, it has served as a home field for a number of other teams, including the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL, and UCLA Bruins football. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on July 27,1984, under the lease the University has day-to-day management and operation responsibility for both the Coliseum and Sports Arena. The 98-year lease took effect on July 29,2013, and was signed by the parties on September 5,2013. The Coliseum is now primarily the home of the USC Trojans football team, Most of USCs regular home games, especially the alternating games with rivals UCLA and Notre Dame, attract a capacity crowd. The current official capacity of the Coliseum is 93,607, USCs women lacrosse and soccer teams use the Coliseum for selected games, usually involving major opponents and televised games. USC also rents the Coliseum to various events, including soccer games, musical concerts. The Olympic Cauldron was built for the stadiums two Olympic Games and it is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC football games, and other special occasions. It was lit to honor the fallen Israeli Athletes from the 1972 Munich Olympics Games and it was also lit for several days following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986. The torch was lit for over a following the September 11 attacks in 2001. In 2004, the cauldron was lit non-stop for seven days in tribute to president Ronald Reagan and it was lit again in April 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II, who had celebrated Mass at the Coliseum during his visit to Los Angeles in 1987. At the Los Angeles Dodgers 50th anniversary game on March 29,2008, charity ceremony, while Neil Diamonds Heartlight was played and the majority of the attendees turned on their complimentary souvenir keychain flashlights. It was lit for the duration of Special Olympics World Games held in Los Angeles from July 25,2015 to August 2,2015, the cauldron was most recently lit for the returning Los Angeles Rams first home game on September 18,2016 against the Seattle Seahawks. The Coliseum was commissioned in 1921 as a memorial to L. A. veterans of World War I, the official ground breaking ceremony took place on December 21,1921 with work being completed in just over 16 months, on May 1,1923
12. Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena – The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was a multi-purpose arena at Exposition Park, in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. Demolition of the began in September 2016. The arena was opened in 1959 by Vice President Richard Nixon on July 4 and its first event followed four days later, a bantamweight title fight between José Becerra and Alphonse Halimi on July 8. It was the home for basketball for the USC Trojans from 1959 to 2006. The arena played host to the top indoor track meet on the West Coast, since the Trojans departure, the arena assumed a lower profile. The arena still continued to hold high school championships, as well as concerts. The UCLA mens basketball team played a majority of their games at the Sports Arena during the 2011–12 season while Pauley Pavilion underwent renovation. S. NBCs renewed version of American Gladiators and the 1999–2001 syndicated show Battle Dome were filmed from the arena, plans included a seating capacity of 18,000 for basketball,84 luxury suites, and an on-site practice facility for the Clippers. The seating capacity for basketball has changed over the years, The arena underwent major renovations to bring it up to 21st century seismic standards and was well maintained. There were four fully equipped team rooms, two rooms for officials, and two private dressing rooms for individual performers. There were two additional meeting rooms on site which could be used for administrative or hospitality functions, the floor area comprised a 144-by-262-foot space, affording the largest standing floor capacity of any arena in the area. There was a 75-foot vertical clearance, there was an enormous load-in ramp at the west side of the arena with a 40-foot wide entry. Print, radio and television media was serviced on each side of the arena by installation of any kind of portable facilities, five permanent TV locations were located on the concourse level. In addition, a 6-foot-wide catwalk was suspended from the ceiling, spectators could reach arena level seating area either by a circulatory ramp on the southwest side of the building or by a stairway located next to the north doors. There were also located at the southwest and northeast sides of the building. The Sports Arena was the first NBA arena to feature a rotating billboard at courtside, rotating billboards eventually became standard at all NBA arena until the mid-2000s, when LED billboard/scorers tables were introduced. Spectator amenities included a full-service main ticket office, a box office and 2 portable booths,6 permanent concession stands. A club and restaurant were located on the level of the facility
13. Oracle Arena – Oracle Arena is an indoor arena located in Oakland, California, United States, that is the home of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association. The arena opened in 1966 and is the oldest arena in the NBA, from its opening until 1996 it was known as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena. After a major renovation completed in 1997, the arena was renamed The Arena in Oakland until 2005 and it is often referred to as the Oakland Coliseum Arena as it is located adjacent to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. Oracle Arena seats 19,596 fans for basketball and 17,200 for ice hockey, the arena has been the home to the Golden State Warriors since 1971, except the one-year hiatus while the arena was undergoing renovations. It had been used by the Warriors intermittently as early as 1966, the California Golden Bears of the Pac-10 played the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons at the arena while their primary home, Harmon Gym, was being renovated into Haas Pavilion. For some years before then, the Bears played occasional games against popular non-conference opponents at the arena, the arenas first tenants were the California Seals of the Western Hockey League, who moved across the bay from the Cow Palace in 1966. The owners of the San Francisco Seals had been awarded a franchise in the National Hockey League on the condition they move out the Cow Palace. The team changed its name from San Francisco Seals to California Seals in order to draw fans from both San Francisco and Oakland. The Seals franchise continued to play at the arena after having transferred to the NHL, the Coliseum also hosted the American Basketball Associations Oakland Oaks, a charter member of the new ABA in 1967. The Oaks signed San Francisco Warriors star Rick Barry away from the rival National Basketball Association in 1968, the team was owned by entertainer Pat Boone and also had stars Larry Brown and Doug Moe on its roster. Brown and Barry are in the Basketball Hall of Fame, after a 22–56 record in their first season, the Oaks went 60–18 during the regular season in 1968–69. The Oaks then defeated the Denver Rockets, New Orleans Buccaneers, however, the team was plagued by poor attendance and Boone sold the team following their ABA Championship. They were relocated to Washington and became the Washington Caps, the Bay Bombers as well as the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the original MISL during the 1982–83 season and the Oakland Skates, a professional roller hockey team, all played there from 1993 to 1995. Over the years, the arena became increasingly outdated, lacking the luxuries of newer ones, with just over 15,000 seats, it was one of the smallest arenas in the league. The original arenas external walls, roof and foundation remained intact, the renovation began in mid-1996 and was completed in time for the Warriors to return in the fall of 1997. Included in the renovation was a new LED centerhung scoreboard and 360-degree fascia display, the new configuration seats 19,596 for basketball and 17,200 for ice hockey. On October 20,2006, the Golden State Warriors and the Oracle Corporation announced a 10-year agreement in which the Oakland Arena would be known as The Oracle, the O, as it is often referred to, will continue to be managed by Oakland–Alameda County Authority and SMG. The JPA approved the deal at its November 10 meeting, a formal press conference of the agreement was held on October 30
14. SAP Center – SAP Center at San Jose is an indoor arena located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and it is also the home to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Plans for a San Jose arena began in the mid-1980s, when a group of citizens formed Fund Arena Now. The group contacted city officials and pursued potential sponsors and partners NHL and NBA. In the late 1980s, mayor Tom McEnery met with FAN and a measure to allocate local taxes for arena construction came up for a vote on June 7,1988. Soon after the NHL granted a franchise to San Jose. The Sharks requested an upgrade to NHL standards, including the addition of luxury suites, the arena was completed in 1993 under the name San Jose Arena. In 2001, naming rights were sold to Compaq, and it was renamed Compaq Center at San Jose, after HP purchased Compaq in 2002, the arena was renamed HP Pavilion, the same name as one of its computer models. In June 2013, German software company SAP purchased the rights to the facility in a five-year deal worth $3.35 million per year. The arena was renamed SAP Center at San Jose following the approval of the San Jose City Council, Intel Extreme Masters Season IX – San Jose in 2014 and Intel Extreme Masters Season X – San Jose were held at venue. Prior to Super Bowl 50 in nearby Santa Clara, the arena housed introductory media activities for the event, the SAP Center hosted games 3,4, and 6 of the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals, with the cup being presented to the Pittsburgh Penguins in game 6
15. Save Mart Center – Save Mart Center at Fresno State is a multi-purpose arena, on the campus of the California State University, Fresno, located in Fresno, California. An open house was held for community on November 5,2003 and it is also a concert destination, with its first performance featuring opera tenor Andrea Bocelli. The facility includes 32 revenue-generating suites and eight party suites, located on the concourse level. Seating capacities are approximately 15,596 for basketball,14,224 for hockey,8,000 for half-house concerts,15,500 for end-stage concerts, the arenas main exterior landmark is the 37 m Larry A. Shehadey Clock Tower. 13 stories in-all, it was named for the founder of Producers Dairy Foods, a Fresno-based dairy company, the lobby at the arenas southeast entrance is named after Shehadey’s late wife, Elayne Shehadey. The majority of the funding for the facility came from two sources, Save Mart Supermarkets paid US$40 million for 20 years naming rights, and the Pepsi Bottling Group paid a similar sum for exclusive, indefinite beverage dispensing rights. Total construction costs exceeded US$100 million and when completed, represented the largest privately funded complex of any university in the United States, the Bronze Bulldog at the Shehadey Lobby. Created by the Visalia-based art foundry, EMI, the massive bronze statue has dimensions of 3 m high,2 m wide,3 m long, weighing 1,905 kg. Statue onlookers will see engraved on its mounted plaque, Nine time capsule boxes were placed in the base of the massive Bulldog statue early in 2004. The contents of capsules were chosen to represent all aspects of Fresno State University, including the Bulldog Foundation, administration, alumni, students, the capsules are scheduled to be opened in early 2054. Save Mart Centers display cases, located on the upper and main concourses, exhibits equipment, additionally, the display case in the northwest corner spotlights the academic success of Fresno State’s student athletes. The Bulldog Walkway is a permanent, on-campus tribute to the California State University, Fresno alumni, graduates, expected to eventually be extended throughout the campus, the walkway consists of personalized tiles and bricks intended to leave a lasting impression to those who use it. The Bulldog Shop souvenir store is located on the arenas northeast lobby and it will only be open to sell Fresno State merchandise and apparel during university events. The arena has played host to music festivals, including The Winter Jam Tour, The Road Show Tour, The Vans Warped Tour. Also, on Feb 17th,2004, a SmackDown show featuring a newly crowned WWE Champion Eddie Guerrero, had his ceremony at Save Mart Center. The first athletic event held at Save Mart Center took place when the Rainbow Wahine of Hawaii took on the Fresno State Bulldogs in womens NCAA volleyball in October 2003, Save Mart Centers first arena football game was held on July 19,2008. The Central Valley Coyotes defeated the Boise Burn 55-50, both teams were members of the now defunct af2, the former developmental league for the Arena Football League. Save Mart Center has hosted five NBA preseason games since the arena has opened, the first game was in 2003-2004 when the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Sacramento Kings, the Lakers defeated the Kings 105-80
16. Sleep Train Arena – Sleep Train Arena, originally ARCO Arena and later Power Balance Pavilion, is an indoor arena located in Sacramento, California, United States. Opened in 1988, it was the home of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association from 1988 to 2016 and it hosted nearly 200 spectator events each year. The arena is named for The Sleep Train, a chain of mattress and bed retailers based in Rocklin, the original ARCO Arena, where the Kings played their home games for three seasons, after moving from Kansas City had a capacity of 10,333 seats. Sleep Train Arena is located in an isolated area on the expanding northern outskirts of the city. It was constructed at a cost of just $40 million, the lowest of any venue in the NBA and it is the smallest arena in the NBA with a seating capacity of 17,317, and has 30 luxury suites and 412 club seats. It can host such varied events as concerts, ice shows, rodeos, nearly two million spectators from throughout Northern California visited Sleep Train Arena last year. The configuration for ice shows and ice hockey actually runs perpendicular to the court with the normal sideline seating being retractable to allow for an international standard ice rink. The original namesake sponsor of the arena was ARCO, on March 19,2007, the Maloof brothers announced a multi-year agreement extending the naming rights of ARCO Arena. ARCOs sponsorship agreement ran out in February 2011, the arena was renamed Power Balance Pavilion on March 1,2011 for its new sponsor, Power Balance, a manufacturer of sports wristbands. On October 15,2012, the arena assumed its current name when The Sleep Train purchased the naming rights, the arenas center-hung scoreboard was designed as a joint venture between Panasonic and White Way Sign. Sleep Train Arena is still in use, though the Kings, there are no immediate plans on what to do with the arena or land surrounding it after the new arena opens. Sleep Train Arena has hosted several high school basketball championship games Sleep Train Arena hosts many graduation celebrations for local high schools. This was also the home for the WNBAs Sacramento Monarchs until they folded in 2009, Sleep Train Arena has hosted several WWE events including the 1993 Royal Rumble, Judgment Day 2001, and The Bash in 2009. Other notable events include the five-day 1995 Billy Graham Greater Sacramento Crusade, the arena has also hosted NCAA Mens Basketball Tournaments multiple times and was the host site for the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Championships. It has also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event every year since 2005, Sleep Train Arena has played host to four Ultimate Fighting Championship events, UFC65, UFC73, UFC on Fox, Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 and UFC177. The arena hosted World Extreme Cagefightings first ever event, WEC48. It also hosted the WECs two biggest events ever, WEC34, Faber vs. Pulver 1, and WEC41, Brown vs. Faber 2, with an average of 1,300,500 viewers on Versus each. It also hosted WEC The last Kings home game at Sleep Train Arena was on April 9,2016, the last points scored in the arena were two free throws by the Kings Rudy Gay with one second left to clinch the game for the Kings
17. Staples Center – Staples Center is a multi-purpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street, opening on October 17,1999, it is one of the major sporting facilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area. It is owned and operated by the L. A. Arena Company, Staples Center is also host to over 250 events and nearly 4 million guests each year. The Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park will host both the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams beginning in 2019, Staples Center measures 950,000 square feet of total space, with a 94-foot by 200-foot arena floor. The arena seats up to 19,067 for basketball,18,340 for ice hockey, two-thirds of the arenas seating, including 2,500 club seats, are in the lower bowl. There are also 160 luxury suites, including 15 event suites, the arenas attendance record is held by the fight between World WBA Welterweight Champion, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley with a crowd of 20,820 set on January 25,2009. Star Plaza Outside the arena at the Star Plaza are statues of Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson, a third statue of boxer Oscar De La Hoya was unveiled outside Staples Center on December 1,2008. On April 20,2010 a fourth statue of the long time Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. A fifth statue of the Laker legend Jerry West dribbling was unveiled on February 17,2011, a sixth statue of Lakers player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was unveiled on November 16,2012. A seventh statue of former Kings Hall of Fame left wing Luc Robitaille was unveiled on March 7,2015, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that they will honor Shaquille ONeal with a statue that was unveiled on March 24,2017. Construction broke ground in 1998 and Staples Center opened a year later and it was financed privately at a cost of US$375 million and is named for the office-supply company Staples, Inc. which was one of the centers corporate sponsors that paid for naming rights. The arena opened on October 17,1999, with a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concert as its inaugural event. Staples Center was named Best New Major Concert Venue for 1999, on October 21,2009, Staples Center celebrated its 10th anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, the official web site nominated 25 of the arenas greatest moments from its first ten years with fans voting on the top ten. The venue opened in 1999 as the home of the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA joined in 2001, while the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League joined in 2006. It became home to the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League in 2000 until the teams discontinuation in 2008. Since its opening day, the Staples Center has hosted seven NBA Finals series with the Lakers, of the teams five NBA championships since moving to the venue, the Lakers have celebrated their 2000 and 2010 victories at Staples Center with series-winning victories at home. Prior to the 2006–07 NBA season, the lighting inside Staples Center was modified for Lakers games, the lights were focused only on the court itself, reminiscent of the Lakers early years at The Forum
18. Valley View Casino Center – Valley View Casino Center is an indoor arena located at Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma, San Diego, California. 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. which is slightly southwest of the interchange of Interstate 5 and Interstate 8. This places it in the Midway neighborhood, approximately 10 minutes away from San Diego International Airport by car, the venues original name was the San Diego International Sports Center. The name was renamed the San Diego Sports Arena, which it kept until 2004. In the latter year and until 2007, iPayOne, a real estate company based in Carlsbad, California. The deal was worth $2.5 million over five years, according to Hahn, iPayOne has been in and out of default in payments – mostly balloon payments – in the last year. In addition, iPayOne appears to be halting operations and is accepting no new listings, as a result, the name was changed back to the San Diego Sports Arena. The arena was built in 1966 by Robert Breitbard, a football hero who played for Hoover High School and San Diego State. The seating capacity could seat 13,000 hockey spectators or 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 opener, 4–1. In 1972, the Republican Party considered the arena for its National Convention, with little warning, however, the GOP decided to hold the convention in Miami Beach. To compensate for this blow to prestige, then mayor Pete Wilson gave San Diego the by-name of Americas Finest City. The most notable sporting event to place in the arena was the 1973 Ken Norton–Muhammad Ali fight in which, by split decision. Irish distance runner Eamonn Coghlan broke the record for the indoor mile in 1979 and 1981. A photo of his crossing the line appeared around the world including the cover of Sports Illustrated. Coghlans time for the 1981 race is still the record for the indoor mile
19. Viejas Arena – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl, located on the San Diego State University campus in San Diego, California, is the home of the San Diego State Aztecs mens basketball and womens basketball teams. Viejas Arena opened its doors to the campus and community in July 1997 and seats 12,414 for basketball, the facility also hosts SDSUs commencement ceremonies. Previously, the Aztecs played at Peterson Gymnasium also on the SDSU campus, however, the mens basketball team played most of their home games at the San Diego Sports Arena prior to Viejas Arenas construction. Viejas Arena was built on the site of the old Aztec Bowl football stadium on the SDSU campus, the arena was renamed to Viejas Arena under a 10-year naming rights agreement announced March 17,2009. The naming rights agreement with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians went into effect July 1, on October 29,2015, the basketball court was named Steve Fisher Court after mens basketball head coach Steve Fisher. Viejas Arena hosted the mens NCAA basketball tournament first and second rounds in 2001,2006 and 2014, in the 2006 tourney, the first-round games were delayed and the building evacuated due to a bomb-sniffing dog picking up scents of a potentially dangerous substance. These fears were unfounded, however, and play went on as scheduled, because of its status as SDSUs home court, the Aztecs were not allowed to open the tournament at home. Viejas Arena has also hosted WCW Bash at the Beach in 1998, in 2007, the arena was the home of the San Diego Shockwave indoor football team for one season. The arena is used as an alternative to the much larger Valley View Casino Center across town. The arena was also the host of filming Megadeths live DVD Blood in the Water, lady Gaga performed at Viejas Arena on her artRAVE, The ARTPOP Ball Tour, on June 2,2014. Actress and singer Ariana Grande performed at the arena on her Honeymoon Tour in 2015, the Who performed at Viejas Arena as part of their The Who Hits 50. The arena hosted TNA Wrestlings Bound For Glory 2013 pay-per-view event on October 20,2013, San Diego State Aztecs Aztec Bowl Viejas Casino Viejas Arena - official page Page on goaztecs. cstv. com