Power Balance Pavilion (formerly ARCO Arena) is an indoor arena, located in the Natomas area of Sacramento, California. It is the home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.Background
Power Balance Pavilion 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 what was then called ARCO 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 Maloof Sports & Entertainment, Power Balance Pavilion is the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.
Power Balance Pavilion has played host to the Ultimate Fighting Championship 65 and 73, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments multiple times and was the host site for the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Championships.Details
The WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs also played in the arena until 2009 when they folded at the end of their season.
There was a sports venue which was known as the original ARCO Arena (1985–1988), where the Kings played their home games for three seasons (1985 to 1988), after moving from Kansas City. It had a capacity of 10,333 seats.
Power Balance Pavilion 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, 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.
The original namesake sponsor of the arena, energy company ARCO, had corporate sponsorship since the arena's inception as well as the original ARCO Arena. On March 19, 2007, the Maloof brothers announced a multi-year agreement extending the naming rights of ARCO Arena.
Power Balance Pavilion has hosted and currently hosts several state high school basketball championship games (1992, 1996, 1998–2009, 2011-present)
Power Balance Pavilion hosts many graduation celebrations for local high schools.
The facility's most attended event to date is the 1995 Billy Graham Greater Sacramento Crusade, which accounts for the four largest crowds in arena history.
The facility has hosted the WWE Pay-Per-View event WWE The Bash on June 28, 2009, as well has hosted the 1993 Royal Rumble, and Judgment Day 2001. It has later hosted Friday Night SmackDown on August 12, 2011 which saw "Grotesque" Cody Rhodes win the Intercontinental title from Ezekiel Jackson
Power Balance Pavilion 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.
The naming rights for the arena, ARCO, expired in February 2011. In yet another ridiculous attempt in a corporation trying to stick their name on anything, the arena was renamed Power Balance Pavilion on March 1, 2011 for its new sponsor, Power Balance, a manufacturer of sports wristbands.Seating
The arena seats 17,317 for basketball, and has 30 luxury suites and 412 club seats.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.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.