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Stockton Arena
The Arena
Location 248 W. Fremont St
Stockton, CA 95203
Broke ground May 2003
Opened December 2, 2005
Owner City of Stockton
Operator International Facilities Group
Construction cost $63 million
Architect 360 Architecture
Capacity Concert (center stage): 11,800
Concert (end stage): 10,414 Basketball: 11,193
Hockey: 10,134
Indoor Soccer: 10,113
Arena Football: 9,763
Stockton Thunder (ECHL) (2005-present)
Stockton Lightning (af2) (2006-2009)
California Cougars (MISL/PASL-Pro) (2005-present)

Stockton Arena is an indoor arena in Stockton, California. It is primarily used for ice hockey, indoor soccer and arena football. It is the home arena of the Stockton Thunder ECHL Hockey team, Stockton Cougars Professional Arena Soccer League team and Stockton Lightning af2 Arena football team. It opened in December 2005 and seats approximately 10,000 people. The arena at maximum capacity can seat 11,800 people. The Stockton Arena is part of a waterfront entertainment center which includes Banner Island Ballpark, the home of the Stockton Ports minor league baseball team.

Construction delays caused the California Cougars and Stockton Thunder to play on extended road trips during the beginning of their 2005/2006 season. Stockton Arena opened its doors to the public on December 2, 2005.  The first sporting event was the Stockton Thunder hockey game on December 10, 2005 in front of a sold out crowd of 10,117. 

The Stockton Arena hosted the 2008 ECHL All-Star game, World Wrestling Entertainment house shows for both SmackDown/ECW and Raw, and the July 26, 2008 "EliteXC: Unfinished Business" MMA event. The Stockton Arena has also been host to concerts by numerous professional musicians, including Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Gwen Stefani, Vicente Fernandez, and Ozzy Osbourne.

On March 15 2009, The California Cougars won the first ever Championship Title here in the Stockton Arena, as the 2008-2009 PASL-Pro North American Champions.

On December 9, 2009 The Stockton Arena hosted the "Stockton Showcase" which featured a matchup between the Nationally Ranked California Golden Bears and the Pacific Tigers men's Basketball teams in front 8,704 fans, the largest crowd ever to see a Pacific Tigers basketball game in Stockton.

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Coordinates: 37°57′22″N 121°17′46″W / 37.956077°N 121.296116°W / 37.956077; -121.296116



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