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Oracle Arena
The Arena in Oakland, The Coliseum Arena
Oracle Arena.svg
Inside Oracle Arena.
Former names Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena (1966–1996)
The Arena in Oakland (1997–2004)
Oakland Arena (2004–2006)
Location 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, California 94621
Coordinates 37°45′1″N 122°12′11″W / 37.75028°N 122.20306°W / 37.75028; -122.20306Coordinates: 37°45′1″N 122°12′11″W / 37.75028°N 122.20306°W / 37.75028; -122.20306
Broke ground 1964
Opened 1966
Owner Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority (City of Oakland and Alameda County)
Operator SMG
Construction cost $121 million (renovation in 1997)
Architect HNTB
Capacity Basketball: 19,596
Golden State Warriors (NBA) (1966-1967), (1971-1996), (1997-present)
California Golden Seals (NHL) (1967–1976)
Golden Bay Earthquakes (MISL I) (1982-1983)
Oakland Skates (RHI) (1993-1995)
California Golden Bears (NCAAB) (part-time 1966-1997, full-time 1997-1999)
Exterior view of the Oracle Arena
An overhead view of the Oakland sports complex; Oracle Arena is to left and the Oakland Coliseum is to the right

The Oracle Arena, also known by its former names of the Oakland Coliseum Arena, the Oakland Arena, the Arena in Oakland, and The New Arena, is an indoor arena in Oakland, California. It was originally constructed as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena in 1966. It is also the oldest facility still in use by the NBA.

Amongst the current NBA venues in the state of California (Staples Center in Los Angeles [18,997], and Sacramento's ARCO Arena [17,317]), it has the largest seating capacity, holding 19,596 spectators.




Franchises to call the arena home

The arena has been home to the Golden State Warriors[1] since 1966, excepting the one-year hiatus. The California Golden Bears of the Pac-10 played the entire 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons at the arena while their primary home, Harmon Gym, was being renovated into Haas Pavilion. For some years before then, the Bears played occasional games against popular non-conference opponents at the arena.

The Coliseum also hosted the Bay Bombers (Roller Derby, 1966–1973) as well as the California Golden Seals[2] (also known as the Oakland Seals and California Seals previously) of the NHL from 19671976 and the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the original MISL during the 1982-83 season. The Oakland Skates, a professional roller hockey team, also played here from 1993 to 1995.


Over the years though, the arena became increasingly outdated, lacking the luxuries of newer ones. In addition, with just over 15,000 seats, it was one of the smallest arenas in the league. Rather than building a new arena in Oakland - or, for that matter, in San Francisco or San Jose, as some wanted – the decision was made to proceed with a $121 million renovation that tore down much of the old arena's interior and then building a new seating bowl within the older confines. The original arena's external walls, roof and foundation remained intact, similar to what was done to the KeyArena in Seattle. The renovation began in mid-1996 and was completed in time for the Golden State Warriors to return in the fall of 1997 (they played the intervening season at the San Jose Arena). The new arena seats 19,596 for basketball and 17,000 for ice hockey.

The Oracle

On October 20, 2006, the Golden State Warriors and the Oracle Corporation announced a 10-year agreement in which the Oakland Arena would be known as The Oracle. "The O" as it is often referred to as will continue to be managed by Oakland-Alameda County Authority (JPA) and SMG. The JPA approved the deal at its November 10 meeting. A formal press conference of the agreement was held on October 30.[3] That formal announcement refers to Oracle Arena.[4]

Attendance records

On May 13, 2007, 20,679 fans watched the Warriors lose to the Utah Jazz 115–101 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. This was the largest crowd to watch a game in the Warriors' 61-year history, and also the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in the state of California.

That record lasted until December 14, 2007, when the Warriors hosted the Los Angeles Lakers and packed in 20,705 at the Arena to set a new franchise and California attendance record.

The record was again broken on February 20, 2008, when the arena hosted 20,711 for the Warriors-Celtics game.[5]

This record was yet again broken on April 10, 2008 when Oracle Arena hosted 20,737 fans in a Warriors loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Other events hosted

It hosted WCW SuperBrawl 1999 and the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.

The arena in Oakland hosted the West Regional of the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It has twice before played host as the West Regional site in 1990 and 1995.

The Professional Bull Riders' Built Ford Tough Series held an event at the Oracle Arena in 2002 and 2008.

The arena has also been used as a concert venue for artists like

Janet Jackson (1990, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2008)

My Chemical Romance (2007)

Queen (1980, 1982)

Coldplay (2006)

Keyshia Cole (2008, 2009)

T-Pain (2008)

Lil' Wayne (2008)

Plies (2009)

R. Kelly (2007, 2009)

Twista (2009)

Jay-Z (2008)

Mary J. Blige (2008)

Pink Floyd (1977)

30 Seconds to Mars (2009)

Aerosmith (1983, 1984, 1988 & 2006)

Billy Idol (1984)

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (1984, 1999, & 2007)

Rage Against the Machine (1997)

Nirvana (1993)

Tool (2002, 2006)

U2 (2001, 2005)

The Rolling Stones (1969, 1999, 2002)

Britney Spears (2002, 2004, 2009)

Paul McCartney (2002)

Mariah Carey (2006, 2010)

Celine Dion (1998)

NSYNC (1999, 2002)

Backstreet Boys (2001)

Usher (2004)

Destiny's Child (2005)

Shakira (2003)

Ricky Martin (2000)

Beyonce (2004, 2007, 2009)

Christina Aguilera (2003, 2007)

Justin Timberlake (2003, 2006)

Cher (1999, 2002)

TLC (2000)

Madonna (1990, 2001, 2008)

Gwen Stefani (2005, 2007)

Kenny Chesney (2005, 2006)

Maná (2007)

Carrie Underwood (2008)

Metallica (2008)

The Wynners (2008)

Oasis (2008)

AC/DC (2008)

Kiss (1976, 1978, 2009)

Van Halen (2004, 2007)

Foo Fighters (2008)

Avenged Sevenfold (2009)

Rise Against (2009)

Marvin Gaye (1974)

The venue was also featured in the Duran Duran concert film Arena (An Absurd Notion) and As The Lights Go Down, filmed in 1984.

In the winter of 2003-2004, the Dave Matthews & Friends tour (which only consisted of 12 stops across the country) concluded at the Oakland Arena on January 16, 2004 and ended up clocking in at just over three hours, the longest of the tour. It's still the only time Matthews has covered The Rolling Stones song Can't You Hear Me Knocking.

The arena has hosted the June 9 event of WWE Raw in 2008 and February 9 event of WWE Raw in 2009.

They also had a funeral for four fallen officers from the Oakland Police Department.

On May 23, 2010, the arena is scheduled to host the inagural WWE Wild Card Pay-Per-View. It will mark the first time since the 1999 WCW SuperBrawl that Oakland has hosted a professional wrestling Pay-Per-View.

See also


External links

Preceded by

War Memorial Gymnasium
& San Francisco Civic Auditorium

Cow Palace
Home of the
Golden State Warriors

1966 – 1967
1971 – 1996
Succeeded by

Cow Palace

San Jose Arena
Preceded by
Olympiahalle, Munich
World Figure Skating Championships

Succeeded by
Sportovní hala, Prague
Preceded by
San Jose Arena
Home of the
Golden State Warriors

1997 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
California Golden Seals

1967 – 1976
Succeeded by
Richfield Coliseum (as Cleveland Barons)
Preceded by
Madison Square Garden
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

Succeeded by
MCI Center


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