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Sleep Train Arena

Sleep Train Arena
Former names ARCO Arena (1988–2011)
Power Balance Pavilion (2011–2012)
Location One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, California 95834
Coordinates
Owner Sacramento Kings
Operator Sacramento Kings
Capacity Basketball and concerts:
17,317
Indoor soccer 10,632
Construction
Broke ground September 5, 1986[1]
Opened November 8, 1988
Construction cost $40 million
($79.8 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Rann Haight
Structural engineer Integrated Design Group[3]
Services engineer ACCO Engineered Systems[4]
General contractor Lukenbill Construction Co., Inc.[4]
Tenants
Sacramento Kings (NBA) (1988–2016[5])
Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) (1997–2009)
Sacramento Attack (AFL) (1992)
Sacramento Knights (CISL - WISL) (1993–2001)
Inside Sleep Train Arena

Sleep Train Arena (originally ARCO Arena, later Power Balance Pavilion) is an indoor arena located in Sacramento, California. Opened in 1988, it is the home of the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings. The arena is named for The Sleep Train, a chain of mattress and bed retailers based in Rocklin, California.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Details 2
  • Seating 3
  • Baseball stadium 4
  • Popular culture 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Background

Sleep Train Arena hosts nearly 200 spectator events each year. The current configuration seats up to 17,317 and can host such varied events as concerts, ice shows, rodeos and monster truck rallies. 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 basketball court with the normal sideline seating being retractable to allow for an international standard ice rink.

Owned and operated by Vivek Ranadive, Sleep Train Arena is the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

Sleep Train Arena has played host to four Ultimate Fighting Championship events: UFC 65, UFC 73, UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 and UFC 177. The arena has also hosted NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments multiple times and was the host site for the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Championships.

Details

The original ARCO Arena (1985–1988), where the Kings played their home games for three seasons (1985 to 1988), after moving from Kansas City had a capacity of 10,333 seats.

Sleep Train Arena is located in a once 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. It is the smallest arena in the NBA with a seating capacity of 17,317. In 2006, there was a campaign to build a new $600 million facility in downtown Sacramento, which was to be funded by a quarter cent sales tax increase over 15 years; voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot measures Q and R,[6] leading to the NBA publicly calling for a new arena to be built at another well-known Sacramento facility, Cal Expo, the site of California's state fair.[7]

The original namesake sponsor of the arena was Goody. On March 19, 2007, the Maloof brothers announced a multi-year agreement extending the naming rights of ARCO Arena.[8]

Sleep Train Arena has hosted and currently hosts several state high school basketball championship games (1992, 1996, 1998–2009, 2011-present)[9][10] Sleep Train Arena hosts many graduation celebrations for local high schools.

The arena's center-hung scoreboard was designed as a joint venture between Panasonic and White Way Sign. Originally it contained four LCD video screens (one on each side) plus enough room for two players' stats on each team; as pro basketball grew in popularity, the scoreboard was upgraded in 1991 so that stats for five players on each team could be shown; the original video screens were replaced a decade later with Panasonic Astrovision LED video screens.

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, which 177,000 people attended.[11] A crowd of 47,500 people reportedly showed up on one night of the event, when Michael W. Smith was the musical guest; only 18,000 people were permitted inside and many watched on outside television screens.[11][12]

Sleep Train Arena has also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event every year since 2005. The arena hosted World Extreme Cagefighting's first ever pay-per-view event, WEC 48, on April 24, 2010. It also hosted the WEC's two biggest events ever, WEC 34, Faber vs. Pulver 1, and WEC 41, Brown vs. Faber 2, with an average of 1,300,500 viewers on Versus each. It also hosted WEC [13]

ARCO's 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.[14] On October 15, 2012, the arena assumed its current name when The Sleep Train purchased the naming rights.[15] The Sacramento Kings will stay at the Sleep Train Arena until 2016, at which time they'll move into the new Golden 1 Center downtown. The last Kings regular season game and, unless the team makes the playoffs, their last home game at Sleep Train Arena will be April 9, 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Seating

The arena seats 17,317 for basketball, and has 30 luxury suites and 412 club seats.[16]

Baseball stadium

There is an unfinished baseball stadium directly north of the arena. The stadium was never finished because the Sacramento Sports Association ran out of money during construction in 1989. The completion of Raley Field has stopped any possibility of this stadium being completed.[17]

Popular culture

There is an instrumental song called "Arco Arena" on the album Comfort Eagle by Sacramento band Cake. The band also released a version of the song with lyrics as a B-Side. The music video for Bel Biv Devoe's "She's Dope" was filmed at the arena.

This was also the home for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until they folded in 2009.

The arena set a Guinness World Record for loudest sports roar by reaching 126 decibels on November 15, 2013.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Battle LinesDrawn Over Arena Plans".  
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gerardo Calvillo, PE, SE". Wood Rodgers. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Arco Arena-Sacramento". ACCO Engineered Systems. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/26/5448620/sacramento-developer-mark-friedman.html
  6. ^ Johnson, Kelly (November 8, 2006). "Railyard Arena Backers Will Keep Trying".  
  7. ^ Johnson, Kelly (September 21, 2007). "Cal Expo Board Agrees to Consider Arena, Mixed-Use Project".  
  8. ^ Extension to Naming Rights Agreement
  9. ^ California Basketball State Champions
  10. ^ California Interscholastic Federation - Basketball Championships
  11. ^ a b Lindelof, Bill (September 25, 1997). "Bay Area Not "Sin City' to Billy Graham".  
  12. ^ McMillan, Carolyn (September 14, 1997). "Pastors Recruited Volunteer Army to Lure Graham".  
  13. ^ "WEC: Aldo vs. Faber". WEC.tv. Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Arco Arena To Become Power Balance Pavilion".  
  15. ^ Sosenko, Ben (October 15, 2012). "Kings Now Call ‘Sleep Train Arena’ Home".  
  16. ^ "Sleep Train Arena". Ballparks.com. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ McCarthy, Mike (January 20, 2002). "Arco Stadium Plans Still Stuck in Mud".  
  18. ^ http://www.sactownroyalty.com/2013/11/15/5110128/kings-fans-set-guinness-world-record-for-indoor-crowd-roar

External links

  • Official website
  • Sleep Train Arena Seating Chart
Events and tenants
Preceded by
ARCO Arena I
Home of the Sacramento Kings
1988-2016
Succeeded by
Golden 1 Center(planned)
Preceded by
Nassau Coliseum
Home of WWE The Great American Bash
2009
Succeeded by
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