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 basketball games. Seating includes 240 ADA accessible and companion seats in row 36, form-fitted bench seats in rows 30-35 with the remaining being stadium seats. For special events and concerts, the venue can become intimate down to 3,000 seats and, depending on configuration, accommodate as many as 13,500.

The facility features a $2.3 million center hung Daktronics scoreboard with modern features including up to the minute statistical information on individual players.

In addition, the venue offers six locker rooms, two team rooms, a green room which includes three individual dressing rooms and a common area, a training room and a work room.

Concessions are provided by Aztec Shops and include a traditional sports-themed menu as well as specialty foods. Aztec Shops also provides catering and includes a wide ranging menu with various levels of service.

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 NCAA men's basketball second and third rounds had a return visit. Viejas Arena is next scheduled to host the 2018 NCAA men's basketball first and second rounds.

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)
Aztecs' 200th Victory (Men's):  SDSU 57, San Diego 48 (12-4-14)
Basketball Capacity:  12,414
Seasons Entering:  20th season in 2016-17

San Diego State in Viejas Arena (end of 2015-16 season)
Men's All-Time Record in Viejas Arena:  228-75 (.752)
Women's All-Time Record in Viejas Arena:  152-108 (.598)
SDSU Record in Viejas Under Steve Fisher:  217-57 (.792)
SDSU Record in Viejas Under Stacie Terry:  37-55 (.402)
Longest Win Streak in Viejas History (Men's):  18
Longest Losing Streak in Viejas History:  6

Postseason Events Held in Viejas Arena (end of 2016-17 season)

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
2014 NCAA 2nd & 3rd Round Div. I Men's Basketball Championship

Men's Basketball Viejas Arena Home Record and Attendance (end of 2015-16 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
2013-14 16 15 1 198,624 12,414
2014-15 17 16 1 211,038 12,414
2015-16 20 16 4 244,190 12,210
Viejas Totals 303 228 75 2,432,755 8,029

Largest Viejas Arena Crowds (entering 2016-17 season)

Rk. Att. Facility Opponent Date Result
1. 13,106 (c) SA (7) North Carolina Thursday, Dec. 29, 1988 L, 92-103
2. 12,414 (c) Viejas 99 times, including 72 straight in regular season entering 2016-17

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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