Viejas Arena
Steve Fisher Court
Viejas Arena, 2013
Viejas Arena
Viejas Arena
Location in San Diego
Viejas Arena
Viejas Arena
Location in California
Viejas Arena
Viejas Arena
Location in the United States
Former namesCox Arena at Aztec Bowl (1997–2009)
Location5500 Canyon Crest Drive
San Diego, California 92115
Coordinates32°46′25.5″N 117°4′28.5″W / 32.773750°N 117.074583°W / 32.773750; -117.074583Coordinates: 32°46′25.5″N 117°4′28.5″W / 32.773750°N 117.074583°W / 32.773750; -117.074583
Public transitSDSU Transit Center
OwnerSan Diego State University
OperatorSan Diego State University
Associated Students of SDSU
Capacity12,414 (basketball)
12,845 (center stage concerts)
12,200 (end stage concerts)
Broke groundMarch 27, 1995
OpenedJuly 24, 1997[4]
Construction cost$29 million
($46.8 million in 2020 dollars[1])
ArchitectSink Combs Dethlefs
Carrier Johnson[2]
Structural engineerMartin/Martin[2]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[3]
General contractorBlake Construction Co., Inc[2]
San Diego State Aztecs (NCAA) (1997–present)
San Diego Shockwave (NIFL) (2007)

Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (formerly Cox Arena), located on the San Diego State University (SDSU) campus in San Diego, California, is the home of the San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball and women's basketball teams. Viejas Arena opened its doors to the campus and community in July 1997 and seats 12,414 for basketball[5] and up to 12,845 for concerts.[6] The facility also hosts SDSU's commencement ceremonies.[5] Previously, the Aztecs played at Peterson Gymnasium also on the SDSU campus.[7] However, the men's basketball team played most of their home games at the San Diego Sports Arena prior to Viejas Arena's construction.

Viejas Arena was built on the site of the old Aztec Bowl football stadium (a Works Progress Administration project) on the SDSU campus, and the university (or its affiliated corporation) still owns the arena.[5] It was originally named Cox Arena after Cox Communications, which owns one of the local cable television systems in the greater San Diego regional area, and which paid fees to become the arena's corporate sponsor.[5] 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 and will pay the university about $6 million over the next 10 years.[8] On October 29, 2015, the basketball court was named Steve Fisher Court after men's basketball head coach Steve Fisher.[9]

Viejas Arena interior
Viejas Arena interior

Viejas Arena hosted the men's NCAA basketball tournament first and second rounds in 2001, 2006, 2014, and 2018.[5] 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.[10] Because of its status as SDSU's home court, the Aztecs were not allowed to open the tournament at home (under "pod system" rules).[11]

Viejas Arena has also hosted WCW's Bash at the Beach in 1998 and some episodes of WCW Monday Nitro. In 2007, the arena was the home of the San Diego Shockwave indoor football team for one season.[12]

Viejas Arena is also used as a large concert venue where major acts perform,[5] including Britney Spears, Blink-182, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Janet Jackson, A Day to Remember, Linkin Park, Muse, Metallica, KISS, Van Halen, Green Day, Gorillaz, Rise Against, Tool, The Smashing Pumpkins, Daniel Taylor, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Florence and the Machine, Fleetwood Mac, Miranda Lambert, Drake, Weezer, and Sia (musician). The arena is often used as an alternative to the much larger Pechanga Arena across town. The arena was also the host of filming Megadeth's live DVD Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego. Lady Gaga performed at Viejas Arena on her artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour, on June 2, 2014.

The arena hosted TNA Wrestling's Bound For Glory 2013 pay-per-view event on October 20, 2013.

On June 11, 2019, it was the first arena to host Dude Perfects liveshow, "Pound It, Noggin Tour". This was also the arena where they filmed the footage used for the documentary, "Dude Perfect Backstage Pass", released May 11, 2020.

See also


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