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Date Opened 1966
Venue Capacity 14,800
Venue URL
Venue Address 3500 Sports Arena Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

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The San Diego Sports Arena (originally the San Diego International Sports Center) is an indoor arena located on Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma, San Diego, California off of Interstate 8.

Completed in 1966 at a cost of $6.5 million, the arena seats 12,000 for arena football, 12,920 for ice hockey, 14,500 for basketball and tennis, 5,450 for amphitheater concerts and stage shows, between 8,900 and 14,800 for arena concerts, 13,000 for ice shows and the circus, and 16,100 for boxing and wrestling. It was the home of the San Diego Rockets of the NBA from 1967-1971, the San Diego Conquistadors/Sails of the ABA from 1975-1976, the San Diego Mariners of the WHA from 1974-1977, the San Diego Clippers of the NBA from 1978-1984, the San Diego State University Aztecs basketball teams, off and on, from 1966-1997, the San Diego Sockers indoor soccer team which won 10 titles in the arena, as well as other small sports franchises such as World Team Tennis.

From inception until 2004, the complex was known as the San Diego Sports Arena.

From 2004 - 2007, iPayOne, a real estate savings company based in Carlsbad, California, held the arenas naming rights. The deal was worth $2.5 million over five years.

On April 8, 2007, Ernie Hahn II, CEO of Arena Group 2000 which holds the leasing rights to the property, announced that AG2000 has bought out the remainder of the contract. According to Hahn, iPayOne has been in and out of default in payments - mostly balloon payments - in the last year. In addition, iPayOne appears to be halting operations and is accepting no new listings, . As a result, the name was changed back to the San Diego Sports Arena while Hahn seeks a new naming rights sponsor.

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