Provident Credit Union Event Center
|Former names||Event Center Arena (1989-2019)|
|Location||290 South 7th Street|
San Jose, California 95192
|Public transit||Paseo de San Antonio|
|Owner||San Jose State University|
|Operator||San Jose State University|
|Capacity||5,000 Sporting Events |
|Construction cost||$26 million|
|San Jose State Spartans (NCAA) (1989–present)|
San Jose Lasers (ABL) (1996–1998)
The Provident Credit Union Event Center, formerly and more commonly known as the Event Center Arena, is a complex consisting of an indoor arena and a fitness club on the main campus of San Jose State University in downtown San Jose, California. The Event Center was built in 1989 for the purpose of supporting and providing entertainment as well as recreational opportunities for the student body and university community. The facility is home to the San Jose State Spartans men's and women's basketball teams, which both compete in the Mountain West Conference.
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Event Center at SJSU is the premier mid-sized venue in Northern California. The Event Center was designed to accommodate many different events, including musical concerts, sporting events, conferences and corporate parties. The facility has played host to numerous national entertainment acts such as Rage Against the Machine, Eric Clapton, George Lopez, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Kelly Clarkson, Conan O'Brien, Korn, and Pearl Jam. It also hosts the fall and spring convocation ceremonies for both the College of Engineering and the College of Business at San José State University. It also played host to NXT on the Friday before WrestleMania 31, as well as the 5th annual NFL Honors on the eve of Super Bowl 50. Both WrestleMania 31 and Super Bowl 50 were played at Levi's Stadium, and the NFL Honors and the Super Bowl both aired on CBS.
Annually, the Event Center hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition Silicon Valley Regional. The San Jose State University Career Center also uses the arena to host its fall and spring career fairs, which generally feature hundreds of potential employers for students of San José State University.
The Event Center also had a fully equipped gym which included a basketball and racquetball court, as well as a weight room for students. It has since been shut down as it was replaced by a far larger, $130 million dollar facility next door in 2019.
In August 2019, the university reached an $8.1 million, 20-year deal with Provident Credit Union to rename the Event Center Arena to Provident Credit Union Event Center.
- "SJSU and Provident Credit Union Announce Partnership Agreement for Event Center | SJSU Newsroom". blogs.sjsu.edu. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
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