Sleep Train Arena

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This article is about the arena opened in 1988. For the original arena it replaced, see ARCO Arena (1985).
For the song named after the facility's original name, see Arco Arena (song).
Sleep Train Arena
Sleep Train Arena logo.jpg
Sleep Train Arena.jpg
Former names ARCO Arena (1988–2011)
Power Balance Pavilion (2011–2012)
Location One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, California 95834
Coordinates 38°38′57″N 121°31′5″W / 38.64917°N 121.51806°W / 38.64917; -121.51806Coordinates: 38°38′57″N 121°31′5″W / 38.64917°N 121.51806°W / 38.64917; -121.51806
Owner Sacramento Kings
Operator Sacramento Kings
Capacity Basketball and concerts:
Indoor soccer 10,632
Broke ground September 5, 1986[1]
Opened November 8, 1988
Construction cost $40 million
($80 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Architect Rann Haight
Structural engineer Integrated Design Group[3]
Services engineer ACCO Engineered Systems[4]
General contractor Lukenbill Construction Co., Inc.[4]
Sacramento Kings (NBA) (1988–present)[5])
Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) (1997–2009)
Sacramento Attack (AFL) (1992)
Sacramento Knights (CISL - WISL) (1993–2001)
Inside Sleep Train Arena

Sleep Train Arena, originally ARCO Arena and later Power Balance Pavilion, is an indoor arena located in Sacramento, California, United States. Opened in 1988, it is the home of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The arena is named for The Sleep Train, a chain of mattress and bed retailers based in Rocklin, California.


Sleep Train Arena hosts nearly 200 spectator events each year. The current configuration seats up to 17,317 and can host such varied events as concerts, ice shows, rodeos and monster truck rallies. Nearly two million spectators from throughout Northern California visited Sleep Train Arena last year. The configuration for ice shows and ice hockey actually runs perpendicular to the basketball court with the normal sideline seating being retractable to allow for an international standard ice rink.

Owned and operated by Vivek Ranadive, Sleep Train Arena is the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

Sleep Train Arena has played host to four Ultimate Fighting Championship events: UFC 65, UFC 73, UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Benavidez 2 and UFC 177. The arena has also hosted NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments multiple times and was the host site for the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Championships.

Inside Sleep Train Arena before a Kings game in 2015.


The original ARCO Arena (1985–1988), where the Kings played their home games for three seasons (1985 to 1988), after moving from Kansas City had a capacity of 10,333 seats.

Sleep Train Arena is located in a once isolated area on the expanding northern outskirts of the city. It was constructed at a cost of just $40 million, the lowest of any venue in the NBA. It is the smallest arena in the NBA with a seating capacity of 17,317. In 2006, there was a campaign to build a new $600 million facility in downtown Sacramento, which was to be funded by a quarter cent sales tax increase over 15 years; voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot measures Q and R,[6] leading to the NBA publicly calling for a new arena to be built at another well-known Sacramento facility, Cal Expo, the site of California's state fair.[7]

The original namesake sponsor of the arena was ARCO. On March 19, 2007, the Maloof brothers announced a multi-year agreement extending the naming rights of ARCO Arena.[8]

Sleep Train Arena has hosted and currently hosts several state high school basketball championship games (1992, 1996, 1998–2009, 2011-present)[9][10] Sleep Train Arena hosts many graduation celebrations for local high schools.

The arena's center-hung scoreboard was designed as a joint venture between Panasonic and White Way Sign. Originally it contained four LCD video screens (one on each side) plus enough room for two players' stats on each team; as pro basketball grew in popularity, the scoreboard was upgraded in 1991 so that stats for five players on each team could be shown; the original video screens were replaced a decade later with Panasonic Astrovision LED video screens.

Sleep Train Arena has hosted several WWE events including the 1993 Royal Rumble, Judgment Day 2001, and The Bash in 2009.

Other notable events include the five-day 1995 Billy Graham Greater Sacramento Crusade, which 177,000 people attended.[11] A crowd of 47,500 people reportedly showed up on one night of the event, when Michael W. Smith was the musical guest; only 18,000 people were permitted inside and many watched on outside television screens.[11][12]

Sleep Train Arena has also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event every year since 2005. The arena hosted World Extreme Cagefighting's first ever pay-per-view event, WEC 48, on April 24, 2010. It also hosted the WEC's two biggest events ever, WEC 34, Faber vs. Pulver 1, and WEC 41, Brown vs. Faber 2, with an average of 1,300,500 viewers on Versus each. It also hosted WEC [13]

ARCO's sponsorship agreement ran out in February 2011. The arena was renamed Power Balance Pavilion on March 1, 2011 for its new sponsor, Power Balance, a manufacturer of sports wristbands.[14] On October 15, 2012, the arena assumed its current name when The Sleep Train purchased the naming rights.[15] The Sacramento Kings will stay at the Sleep Train Arena until 2016, at which time they'll move into the new Golden 1 Center downtown. The last Kings' regular season home game at Sleep Train Arena will be on April 9, 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.


The arena seats 17,317 for basketball, and has 30 luxury suites and 412 club seats.[16]

ARCO Park[edit]

ARCO Park is an unfinished multi-purpose stadium directly north of the arena. The stadium was never finished because the Sacramento Sports Association ran out of money during construction in 1989 and a team was never secured. The completion of Raley Field has stopped any possibility of this stadium being completed.[17][18]

Popular culture[edit]

There is an instrumental song called "Arco Arena" on the album Comfort Eagle by Sacramento band Cake. The band also released a version of the song with lyrics as a B-Side. The music video for Bel Biv Devoe's "She's Dope" was filmed at the arena.

This was also the home for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until they folded in 2009.

The arena set a Guinness World Record for loudest sports roar by reaching 126 decibels on November 15, 2013.[19]


  1. ^ "Battle LinesDrawn Over Arena Plans". The Sacramento Bee. September 6, 1986. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Gerardo Calvillo, PE, SE". Wood Rodgers. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Arco Arena-Sacramento". ACCO Engineered Systems. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sacramento developer Mark Friedman gets job of a lifetime building a new arena". sacbee. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Kelly (November 8, 2006). "Railyard Arena Backers Will Keep Trying". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Kelly (September 21, 2007). "Cal Expo Board Agrees to Consider Arena, Mixed-Use Project". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2008. 
  8. ^ "News". Sacramento Kings. 
  9. ^ California Basketball State Champions
  10. ^ California Interscholastic Federation - Basketball Championships
  11. ^ a b Lindelof, Bill (September 25, 1997). "Bay Area Not "Sin City' to Billy Graham". The Sacramento Bee. p. A4. 
  12. ^ McMillan, Carolyn (September 14, 1997). "Pastors Recruited Volunteer Army to Lure Graham". Contra Costa Times. p. A19. 
  13. ^ "WEC: Aldo vs. Faber". Retrieved February 3, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Arco Arena To Become Power Balance Pavilion". KCRA. January 11, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ Sosenko, Ben (October 15, 2012). "Kings Now Call ‘Sleep Train Arena’ Home". KOVR. Archived from the original on January 7, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sleep Train Arena". Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ McCarthy, Mike (January 20, 2002). "Arco Stadium Plans Still Stuck in Mud". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved May 2, 2011. 
  18. ^ Lopez, Tony (November 6, 2015). "Field of Dashed Dreams: How Sacramento Tried to lure the Raiders and Athletics to town". Retrieved November 8, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)
  19. ^ Blake Ellington (16 November 2013). "Kings fans set Guinness World Record for indoor crowd roar". Sactown Royalty. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
ARCO Arena I
Home of the Sacramento Kings
Succeeded by
Golden 1 Center(planned)
Preceded by
Nassau Coliseum
Home of WWE The Great American Bash
Succeeded by