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VIEJAS ARENA - HOME OF AZTEC BASKETBALL
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One of the premier on-campus basketball arenas in all of America, Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl provides a 12,414-seat, state-of-the-art venue while keeping fans close to the floor and part of the action.

Opened in 1997, the facility is the home of San Diego State Basketball and provides a venue for university functions, cultural events, concerts and other special-event programming. It features a unique open-air concourse design that allows fans to enjoy the excellent San Diego climate and adds a new experience to attending arena-type events.

Until July 1, 2009, the arena's naming rights were owned by Cox Communications and was known as Cox Arena. On March 17, 2009, the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians announced the signing of a 10-year naming rights agreement which changed the name to Viejas Arena.

The arena is built on the site of the old Aztec Bowl stadium which hosted San Diego State football games as well as other athletic, entertainment and cultural events from the time of its construction in 1936 until 1967.

Built directly into a canyon hillside, Viejas Arena encloses one end of the old horseshoe-shaped Aztec Bowl. Two sections of the stadium's original concrete bleachers and cobblestone walls frame each side of the arena's north entrance. In addition, the university's 10-ton granite boulder, a California landmark commemorating President John F. Kennedy's 1963 commencement address at Aztec Bowl, has also been placed in this area.

In addition to Aztec basketball contests, Viejas Arena has played host to concerts by such artists as Cher, Eric Clapton, Britney Spears, No Doubt, Barry Manilow, Black Eyed Peas and Aerosmith. In the spring of 2001, Billy Joel and Elton John opened their world tour with a sold-out show at Viejas Arena.

Viejas Arena seats 12,414 for sporting events. The seating includes the top nine rows consisting of bench seats with the remaining areas as chairbacks. The total seating is approximately 3,935 bench seats and 8,065 chairs. In the special event/concert configuration there are approximately 11,500 seats. All seating configurations are flexible and can be adjusted.

The facility features a $1.2 million octagonal scoreboard with video-replay capabilities. The board also includes up-to-the-minute statistical information on individual players.

The facility is equipped with seven locker rooms, two of which are complete with team rooms, equipment rooms, and a shared training room.

The men's team lounge was recently renovated and now includes three large-screen television sets, individual leather recliners and track lighting.

The Mezzanine Level houses a VIP Room for banquets, pre and post-game functions, and other formal and informal gatherings. The room consists of a 2,200 square-foot space that can be divided into two rooms of 800 and 1,400 square feet. The 800-square foot area can also serve as an interview room for sporting events.

After serving as host to the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball championship in 2001, the building was the home of the 2001 NCAA women's volleyball national championship and again played host to the 2006 NCAA men's basketball first and second rounds. In 2009, the NCAA women's basketball first and second rounds graced the Viejas Arena floor and in 2014, the venue will welcome back the NCAA men's basketball tourney as the second and third rounds are set to return to Montezuma Mesa.

Viejas Arena Facts

First Game:  Brigham Young 73, SDSU 59 (11-14-97)
Aztecs' First Win (Men's):  SDSU 79, Southwest Texas 57 (11-26-97)
Aztecs' 50th Victory (Men's):  SDSU 89, New Mexico 73 (3-24-03)
Aztecs' 100th Victory (Men's):  SDSU 86, Navy 76 (12-17-07)
Aztecs' 150th Victory (Men's):  SDSU 66, Colorado State 48 (3-5-11)
Basketball Capacity:  12,414
Seasons Entering:  17th season in 2013-14

San Diego State in Viejas Arena (end of 2012-13 season)
Men's All-Time Record in Viejas Arena:  181-69 (.724)
Women's All-Time Record in Viejas Arena:  128-86 (.598)
SDSU Record in Viejas Under Steve Fisher:  170-51 (.769)
SDSU Record in Viejas Under Stacie Terry:  0-0 (.000)
Longest Win Streak in Viejas History (Men's):  18
Longest Losing Streak in Viejas History:  6

The Playing Floor
The court was originally used at the 1997 NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis. In the semifinals of the '97 championship, Kentucky defeated Minnesota, 78-69, and Arizona beat North Carolina, 66-58. In the championship game, Miles Simon scored 30 points and Mike Bibby added 19 as Arizona defeated Kentucky, 84-79, on March 31, 1997.

Postseason Events Held in Viejas Arena

2001 NCAA 1st & 2nd Round Div. I Men's Basketball Championship
2001 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Semifinals and Finals
2003 Coren Owens Corning NIT 1st Round Div. I Men's Basketball
2006 NCAA 1st & 2nd Round Div. I Men's Basketball Championship
2009 NIT 3rd Round Div. I Men's Basketball
2009 NCAA 1st & 2nd Round Div. I Women's Basketball Championship
2013 WNIT 1st Round Div. I Women's Basketball

Men's Basketball Viejas Arena Home Record and Attendance (end of 2012-13 season)
Season Games W L Total Average
1997-98 14 7 7 60,363 4,312
1998-99 15 4 11 47,035 3,316
1999-00 15 5 10 39,266 2,618
2000-01 17 12 5 77,104 4,528
2001-02 15 12 3 92,475 6,165
2002-03 17 11 6 121,926 7,172
2003-04 15 11 4 100,513 6,701
2004-05 16 7 9 94,450 5,903
2005-06 15 13 2 105,209 7,014
2006-07 16 14 2 125,135 7,821
2007-08 14 11 3 94,638 6,760
2008-09 18 16 2 126,420 7,023
2009-10 15 14 1 108,412 7,227
2010-11 15 14 1 175,027 11,668
2011-12 19 17 2 229,820 12,096
2012-13 15 14 1 186,210 12,414
Viejas Totals 250 181 69 1,778,903 7,116

Largest Viejas Arena Crowds (end of 2012-13 season)

Rk. Att. Day Opponent Date Result
1. 12,414 (c) -- Entire 15-Game Schedule 2012-13 --
12,414 (c) Sat. Colorado State* Feb. 25, 2012 W, 74-66
12,414 (c) Wed. Wyoming* Feb. 22, 2012 W, 67-58 (ot)
12,414 (c) Wed. New Mexico* Feb. 15, 2012 L, 67-77
12,414 (c) Sat. TCU* Feb. 4, 2012 W, 83-73
12,414 (c) Wed. Boise State* Feb. 1, 2012 W, 58-56
12,414 (c) Sat. Air Force* Jan. 21, 2012 W, 57-44
12,414 (c) Sat. (12/12) UNLV* (D) Jan. 14, 2012 W, 69-67
12,414 (c) Fri. Redlands Dec. 30, 2011 W, 94-43
12,414 (c) Sun. California (D) Dec. 4, 2011 W, 64-63
12,414 (c) Wed. (--/22) Creighton Nov. 30, 2011 L, 83-85
12,414 (c) Thur. USC Nov. 17, 2011 W, 56-54
12,414 (c) Sat. Colorado State* March 5, 2011 W, 66-48
12,414 (c) Sat. (7/7) Brigham Young* Feb. 26, 2011 L, 67-80
12,414 (c) Wed. New Mexico* Feb. 16, 2011 W, 68-62
12,414 (c) Tue. Utah* Feb. 8, 2011 W, 85-53
12,414 (c) Sat. TCU* Feb. 5, 2011 W, 60-53
12,414 (c) Sat. Wyoming* Jan. 29, 2011 W, 96-57
12,414 (c) Wed. Air Force* Jan. 19, 2011 W, 68-55
12,414 (c) Wed. UNLV* Jan. 12, 2011 W, 55-49
12,414 (c) Fri. Occidental College Dec. 31, 2010 W, 93-50
12,414 (c) Sat. UC Santa Barbara Dec. 18, 2010 W, 90-64
12,414 (c) Sat. San Diego Dec. 11, 2010 W, 77-49
12,414 (c) Sat. Wichita State Dec. 4, 2010 W, 83-69
12,414 (c) Wed. Saint Mary's Dec. 1, 2010 W, 69-55
12,414 (c) Sat. (14/13) Brigham Young Jan. 23, 2010 L, 69-71
12,414 (c) Sat. Arizona Dec. 12, 2009 W, 63-46
12,414 (c) Sat. Saint Mary's+ March 25, 2009 W, 70-66
  12,414 (c) Wed. Brigham Young* Feb. 24, 2007 W, 86-74
  12,414 (c) Mon. (14/15) Arizona (SS) Dec. 9, 2006 L, 48-69
  12,414 (c) Sat. Wyoming* Mar. 1, 2006 W, 91-72
  12,414 (c) Wed (23/21) Texas Tech Jan. 6, 2003 L, 63-75
  12,414 (c) Sat. (1/1) Arizona Dec. 7, 2002 L, 81-89
48. 11,764 Sat. UNLV* Jan. 2, 2002 L, 79-80 (ot)
49. 11,718 Wed, Air Force* Feb. 8, 2006 W, 61-51
50. 11,553 Sat. UNLV* March 7, 2009 W, 57-46

Opponent Associated Press national ranking at game time left of team name (Associated Press/coaches poll if available). * -- Indicates conference game. (c) -- indicates venue capacity. game. (SS) -- San Diego SLAM. (D) -- Game played during day. + -- NIT Third Round


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