Citizens Business Bank Arena
|Citizens Business Bank Arena|
|Former names||Ontario Community Events Center|
|Location||4000 East Ontario Center Parkway
Ontario, California 91764
|Broke ground||March 7, 2007|
|Opened||October 18, 2008|
|Owner||City of Ontario|
|Operator||Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)|
|Construction cost||$130 million
($142 million in 2014 dollars)
|Project manager||ICON Venue Group|
|Structural engineer||Englekirk Partners Consulting Engineers, Inc.|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
Indoor soccer: 9,736
|Ontario Reign (ECHL) (2008–present)
Los Angeles Temptation (LFL) (2011–present)
Ontario Warriors (AIF) (2012)
Ontario Fury (PASL) (2013–present)
Citizens Business Bank Arena (originally Ontario Community Events Center) is a multi-purpose arena, in Ontario, California, USA. It hosts local sporting events and concerts. Construction officially began on March 7, 2007 and the arena was opened on October 18, 2008. It is suitable for indoor events, including basketball, ice hockey, ice shows, boxing, graduation ceremonies and concerts. The arena's basketball capacity is 10,832. It also seats 9,736 for hockey and its full capacity is 11,089. The 225,000-square-foot (20,900 m2) venue also has 36 luxury suites on two levels. It is the biggest and most modern arena within the Inland Empire region of California.
The arena's construction cost was $150 million; however, it was debt free due to the city selling different properties throughout the city. It was constructed on the old Ontario Motor Speedway property. The arena is owned by the city of Ontario and is operated by AEG Worldwide which operates arenas around the world and owns several sports franchises. The arena is home to the Ontario Reign of the ECHL, Los Angeles Temptation of the Legends Football League and the Ontario Fury of the Professional Arena Soccer League.
The arena's original name was Ontario Community Events Center when the arena was first announced in October 2006. On October 20, 2006, it was announced that the city based bank, Citizens Business Bank, bought the naming right for the arena. Citizens Business Bank is the largest locally-based financial institution in the region and California's eleventh largest bank.
In November 2007, it was announced that a new ECHL franchise will be playing at the arena starting in the 2008–09 season. The arena became home of the ECHL's Ontario Reign, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. The Reign play their home games at the arena each season, which runs from October to April.
The arena held its grand opening on October 18, 2008.
On October 24, 2008, its first event took place in front of a sold out crowd of 10,316, for an NBA preseason game, where the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 105–94. There has been a Laker preseason game every year at the arena with the exception of 2011 due to the 2011 NBA lockout.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling held an event there on October 31, 2008 and returned on May 4, 2012. Carrie Underwood played the arena's first concert on November 9, 2008 with Little Big Town as her opening act.
American heavy metal band Metallica performed at the arena during their World Magnetic Tour on December 12, 2008 in front of a crowd of 10,959 and filmed part of their music video Broken, Beat & Scarred during the concert and also at the concert at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California on December 13, 2008.
The arena has also hosted Bill Gaither, Larry the Cable Guy, Vicente Fernández, Sade, Justin Bieber, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Elton John, The Eagles, Disney on Ice, Playhouse Disney Live, Sesame Street Live, The Harlem Globetrotters, Bob Dylan, Scorpions, Neil Diamond, André Rieu, American Idol Live!, Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Pitbull, Dancing With the Stars, Stars on Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and other events. On September 1, 2013, the arena was the site where Mexican singers Joan Sebastian and Ezequiel Peña sang together for the first time ever.
The World Wrestling Entertainment made its debut at the arena on December 5, 2010 with a house show. WWE returned with a Raw house show on February 25, 2012 in front of a near sell-out crowd of 9,000 fans, the WWE returned on January 19, 2013 with a Raw house show and returned on August 25, 2013. On February 11, 2014 the arena will host a WWE SmackDown taping, which will be the first WWE televised event ever at the venue.
The American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011 was held on July 16, 2011.
On October 29, 2012, Katy Perry did a private concert at the arena for the San Manuel Indian Tribe.
Since its opening, the arena has hosted many boxing events. The first boxing event was on November 28, 2008 with two fights, Chris Arreola vs. Travis Walker and Paul Williams vs. Verno Phillips. On December 5, 2009, the arena hosted a women's title fight between champion Kina Malpartida and Lyndsey Scragg. On April 24, 2010, the arena was the venue where Tomasz Adamek defeated Chris Arreola to retain the IBF International Heavyweight Title. The arena also hosted an ESPN Friday Night Fights event on July 2, 2010 with the main event being Demetrius Hopkins vs. Mike Arnaoutis. On August 13, 2010, Friday Night Fights returned to the arena with a fight between Chris Arreola and Manuel Quezada. On July 14, 2012, Mexican female boxer Mariana "La Barbie" Juarez defended her Flyweight title against Japanese boxer Shindo Go, the bout was broadcast on Mexican channel Televisa Canal 5 series Sábados de Corona. On November 24, 2012 Robert Guerrero successfully defended his Interim WBC Welterweight title against Andre Berto at the arena.
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