|Former names||Cox Arena at Aztec Bowl (1997–2009)|
|Location||5500 Canyon Crest Drive
San Diego, California 92115
|Broke ground||March 27, 1995|
|Opened||July 24, 1997|
|Owner||San Diego State University|
|Operator||San Diego State University
Associated Students of SDSU
|Construction cost||$29 million
($42.2 million in 2013 dollars)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Blake Construction Co., Inc|
12,845 (center stage concerts)
12,200 (end stage concerts)
|San Diego State basketball (NCAA) (1997–present)
San Diego Shockwave (NIFL) (2007)
Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (formerly named 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 and up to 12,845 for concerts. The facility also hosts SDSU's commencement ceremonies. Previously, the Aztecs played at Peterson Gymnasium also on the SDSU campus. 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. 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. 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.
Viejas Arena hosted the men's NCAA basketball tournament first and second rounds in 2001 and 2006. 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. Because of its status as SDSU's home court, the Aztecs were not allowed to open the tournament at home (under "pod system" rules).
Viejas Arena is also used as a large concert venue where major acts perform, including the Foo Fighters, A Day To Remember, Linkin Park, Metallica, Van Halen, Green Day, Rise Against, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Tool, and Drake. The arena is often used as an alternative to the much larger Valley View Casino Center (the former Sports Arena) across town.
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|Events and tenants|
Grand Canyon University Arena
|Host of Bound for Glory