Stockton ArenaEdit profile
Stockton Arena is an indoor arena in Stockton, California. It opened in December 2005 and seats approximately 10,000 fans. The arena, at maximum capacity, can seat 11,800 people. It is primarily used for ice hockey, indoor soccer and arena football. It is the home venue of the Stockton Thunder ECHL Professional Hockey team, Stockton Cougars Professional Arena Soccer League team and from 2006-09, it was the home to the Stockton Lightning arenafootball2 team. The Stockton Arena is part of a downtown, waterfront entertainment center which includes Banner Island Ballpark, the home of the Stockton Ports minor league baseball team and the Lexington Plaza Waterfront Hotel. Construction delays caused the Stockton Thunder and California Cougars to play on extended road trips during the beginning of their 2005/2006 season. Stockton Arena opened its doors to the public on December 2, 2005. The first sporting event was a Stockton Thunder hockey game on December 10, 2005 in front of a sold out crowd of 10,117, a game where the Thunder beat the Phoenix RoadRunners, 4-0. The Stockton Arena hosted the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game, World Wrestling Entertainment house shows for both SmackDown/ ECW and Raw, and the July 26, 2008 EliteXC: Unfinished Business MMA event. On March 15, 2009, The California Cougars won their first ever league championship in the Stockton Arena, as the 2008-2009 PASL-Pro North American Champions. On December 9, 2009, The Arena hosted the "Stockton Showcase" which featured a matchup between the Nationally Ranked California Golden Bears and the Pacific Tigers men's Basketball teams in front 8,704 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a Pacific Tigers basketball game in Stockton.