Oracle Arena
The Oracle (originally Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, formally The Arena in Oakland and Oakland Arena and commonly Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oracle Arena, The New Arena and The O) is an indoor arena, in Oakland, California, located in the Coliseum Industrial area. It was originally constructed as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in 1966. Among the current NBA venues in the state of California ( Staples Center in Los Angeles - 18,997, and Sacramento's Power Balance Pavillion - 17,317), it has the largest seating capacity, holding 19,596 spectators. It is also the oldest facility still in use by the NBA.


Franchises to call the arena home
The arena has been home to the Golden State Warriors since 1966, excepting the one-year hiatus. The California Golden Bears of the Pac-10 played the entire 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 Coliseum also hosted the Bay Bombers ( Roller Derby, 1966”“1973) as well as the California Golden Seals (also known as the Oakland Seals and California Seals previously) of the NHL from 1967”“ 1976 and the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the original MISL during the 1982-83 season. The Oakland Skates, a professional roller hockey team, also played here 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Over the years, the arena became increasingly outdated, lacking the luxuries of newer ones.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. Rather than building a new arena in Oakland - or, for that matter, in San Francisco or San Jose, as some wanted ”“ the decision was made to proceed with a $121 million renovation that involved tearing down much of the old arena's interior and building new seating within the older confines. The original arena's external walls, roof and foundation remained intact, similar to what was done to the KeyArena in Seattle. The renovation began in mid-1996 and was completed in time for the Golden State Warriors to return in the fall of 1997 (they played the intervening season at the San Jose Arena). Included in the renovation was a new LED centerhung scoreboard and 360-degree fascia display from Daktronics out of Brookings, South Dakota. The new arena seats 19,596 for basketball and 17,000 for ice hockey.

The Oracle
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 as will continue to be managed by Oakland-Alameda County Authority (JPA) and SMG. The JPA approved the deal at its November 10 meeting. A formal press conference of the agreement was held on October 30. That formal announcement refers to Oracle Arena.

Attendance records
On May 13, 2007, 20,679 fans watched the Warriors lose to the Utah Jazz 115”“101 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. This was the largest crowd to watch a game in the Warriors' 61-year history, and also the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in the state of California. That record lasted until December 14, 2007, when the Warriors hosted the Los Angeles Lakers and packed in 20,705 at the Arena to set a new franchise and California attendance record. The record was again broken on February 20, 2008, when the arena hosted 20,711 for the Warriors- Celtics game. This record was yet again broken on April 10, 2008 when Oracle Arena hosted 20,737 fans in a Warriors loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Other events hosted
It hosted WCW SuperBrawl 1999, the June 9 event of WWE Raw in 2008 and February 9 event of WWE Raw in 2009. On May 23, 2010, the arena was scheduled to host the inaugural Over the Limit Pay-Per-View, but the event was moved to the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. It also hosted UFC 117 in 2010. On February 20, 2011, the arena hosted WWE Elimination Chamber. The Professional Bull Riders' Built Ford Tough Series held an event at the Oracle Arena in 2002 and 2008. It has hosted Andre Ward fights as well. It has hosted three of his fights, against Edison Miranda, Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green. The arena in Oakland hosted the West Regional of the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It has twice before played host as the West Regional site in 1990 and 1995. It also hosted the 2000 NBA All-Star Game. They also had a funeral for four fallen officers from the Oakland Police Department. Creedence Clearwater Revival's performance in 1970 was filmed for television and released as an album, titled The Concert . The venue was also featured in the Duran Duran concert film Arena (An Absurd Notion) and As The Lights Go Down , filmed in 1984. The arena played host to the Tattoo the Earth Tour on August 9”“11, 2002. The show featured performances by Slipknot, Slayer, Sevendust, Sepultura, Hed PE, Mudvayne, downset., Hatebreed, Full Devil Jacket, Famous, Amen, U.P.O., Nothingface, PPM, Cold, Relative Ash, Systematic, Six Feet Under, Candiria, Lamb of God, God Forbid, Darkest Hour, Unearth, All That Remains, Dropkick Murphys, Sick of It All, Tiger Army, Converge, The Unseen, Reach the Sky, Stretch Arm Strong, Kill Your Idols and Nashville Pussy. It also featured 42 tattoo artists from Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Malaysia, Manitoba, Spain, Switzerland and the US. In the winter of 2003-2004, the Dave Matthews & Friends Tour (which only consisted of 12 stops across the country) concluded at the arena on January 16, 2004 and ended up clocking in at just over three hours, the longest of the tour. It's still the only time Matthews has covered The Rolling Stones' song " Can't You Hear Me Knocking". In February 2011, Prince made Oracle Arena his second stop on his "Welcome 2 America" tour, selling out three shows. His first stop was in New York City at Madison Square Garden, selling out six shows.


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