Sleep Train Arena
|The Old Barn|
|Former names||ARCO Arena (1988–2011)
Power Balance Pavilion (2011–2012)
|Location||1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento, California 95834|
|Capacity||Basketball and concerts:
Indoor soccer 10,632
|Broke ground||September 5, 1986|
|Opened||November 8, 1988|
|Construction cost||$40 million|
|Structural engineer||Integrated Design Group|
|Services engineer||ACCO Engineered Systems|
|General contractor||Lukenbill Construction Co., Inc.|
|Sacramento Kings (NBA) (1988–2016)
Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) (1997–2009)
Sacramento Attack (AFL) (1992)
Sacramento Knights (CISL/WISL) (1993–2001)
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 was 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.
Last owned and operated by Vivek Ranadive, Sleep Train Arena was the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings from 1988 to 2016. The last Kings game at Sleep Train Arena was on April 9, 2016, a 114-112 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The last points scored in the arena were two free throws by the Kings' Rudy Gay with one second left to clinch the game for the 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.
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, 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.
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.
Sleep Train Arena has hosted several state high school basketball championship games (1992, 1996, 1998–2009, 2011-2016) 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.
Other notable events include the five-day 1995 Billy Graham Greater Sacramento Crusade, which 177,000 people attended. 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.
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 
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. On October 15, 2012, the arena assumed its current name when The Sleep Train purchased the naming rights. The last Kings' regular season home game at Sleep Train Arena was a 114-112 win on April 9, 2016 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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.
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.
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