Kaiser Permanente Arena

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Kaiser Permanente Arena
Location Santa Cruz, California, United States
Capacity 2,505
Construction
Broke ground September 18, 2012[1]
Opened December 23, 2012
Construction cost $3.5 million[2]
Tenants
Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA D-League)
UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs (NCAA DIII) 2013-
Santa Cruz Derby Girls (WFTDA)

Kaiser Permanente Arena is an indoor arena located in Santa Cruz, in the U.S. state of California. It has a seating capacity of 2,505 spectators.[3] It hosts the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League. It also is the new home of the Santa Cruz Derby Girls of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[4] The naming rights were bought by health care consortium Kaiser Permanente despite the company - sponsor of the Warriors' owner, the NBA's Golden State Warriors - not having facilities in Santa Cruz.[5]

A $3.5 million loan by the city of Santa Cruz was given to the Warriors to build their arena, with the 1.5-acre lot being provided by the Santa Cruz Seaside Company, owner of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Construction ran for 78 days between September and December 2012, halted just a few times by rain.[6] The arena was opened in December 23, 2012, with a victory of the Warriors against the Bakersfield Jam.[7] By April 2014, Kaiser Permanente Arena had 39 sell outs out of the 53 Warriors home games. In the meantime, the Warriors reached two D-League finals.[8]

The arena was also the home of UC Santa Cruz men's and women's basketball games for the 2013-2014 season.

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Coordinates: 36°58′07″N 122°01′25″W / 36.96861°N 122.02361°W / 36.96861; -122.02361