Citizens Business Bank Arena
|Former names||Ontario Community Events Center|
|Address||4000 East Ontario Center Parkway|
|Public transit||Rancho Cucamonga|
|Owner||City of Ontario|
Indoor soccer: 9,736
|Broke ground||March 7, 2007|
|Opened||October 18, 2008|
|Construction cost||$150 million|
($175 million in 2018 dollars)
|Project manager||ICON Venue Group|
|Structural engineer||Englekirk Partners Consulting Engineers, Inc.|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers, Inc.|
|General contractor||Turner Construction|
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 (9,491 for Ontario Reign games) 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 from 2008 to 2016 was operated by AEG Worldwide, since July 1, 2016, the arena is operated by SMG. The arena is home to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, the Ontario Fury of the Major Arena Soccer League and the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G 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 would be playing at the arena starting in the 2008–09 season. The arena became home of the Ontario Reign, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. The ECHL Reign played their home games at the arena each season from 2008 to 2015.
In 2014 and 2015, the arena also hosted select home games of the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
On January 29, 2015, the Los Angeles Kings announced that they would be moving their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, from Manchester, New Hampshire, to Ontario. The team retained the Ontario Reign nickname from its ECHL predecessor. The ECHL's Reign moved to Manchester, New Hampshire, and became the Monarchs.
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 Lakers' preseason game every year at the arena with the exception of 2011 due to the 2011 NBA lockout.
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 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.
Boxing, Wrestling and MMA
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. The arena hosted Andre Ward vs Edwin Rodríguez on November 16, 2013. On March 13, 2015, the first PBC on Spike event was held at the venue with main event being Andre Berto vs Josesito López.
Since 2010, the arena has been the Inland Empire's stop for WWE, replacing the smaller Coussoulis Arena in San Bernardino. The arena has hosted various WWE Live events and various tapings for WWE Raw and SmackDown. The Smackdown/Main Event tapings on February 11, 2014 were the first time WWE televised an event from the Inland Empire since they taped four editions of WWE Raw at the Orange Pavilion in San Bernardino on April 1, 1996.
From 2014 to 2017, the arena hosted the annual CIF Southern Section Boys Masters Wrestling Championships. In 2018 the event was also scheduled to be held at the arena but was moved to Temecula Valley High School, where the event was previously held, due to scheduling conflicts.
The arena is used for high school graduation ceremonies from the Fontana Unified School District, the Rialto Unified School District, the Chino Valley Unified School District and the Upland Unified School District in late May/early June.
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