Sleep Train Arena
Former names ARCO Arena (1988–2011)

Power Balance Pavilion (March 2011–October 2012)

Location One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, California 95834
Coordinates 38°38′57″N 121°31′5″WCoordinates38°38′57″N 121°31′5″W
Broke ground September 5, 1986[1]
Opened November 8, 1988
Owner Vivek Ranadive
Operator Vivek Ranadive
Construction cost $40 million

($79 million in 2013 dollars[2])

Architect Rann Haight
Structural engineer Integrated Design Group[3]
Services engineer ACCO Engineered Systems[4]
General contractor Lukenbill Construction Co., Inc.[4]
Capacity Basketball and concerts: 16,517 (1988-1989)

17,014 (1989-1992) 17,317 (1992-present) Indoor soccer 10,632

Sacramento Kings (NBA) (1988–2016[5])

Sacramento Monarchs (WNBA) (1997–2009) Sacramento Attack (AFL) (1992) Sacramento Knights (CISL - WISL) (1993–2001)

[2][3]Inside Sleep Train Arena

Sleep Train Arena (originally ARCO Arena, later Power Balance Pavilion) is an indoor arena, located in Sacramento, California. Opened in 1988, it is the home of the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings. The arena is named for The Sleep Train, a chain of mattress and bed retailers based in Rocklin, California.


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Sleep Train Arena hosts nearly 200 spectator events each year. The current configuration seats up to 17,317 and can host such varied events as concerts, ice shows, rodeos and monster truck rallies. Nearly two million spectators from throughout Northern California visited Sleep Train Arena last year. The configuration for ice shows and ice hockey actually runs perpendicular to the basketball court with the normal sideline seating being retractable to allow for an international standard ice rink.

Owned and operated by Vivek Ranadive, Sleep Train Arena is the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.

Sleep Train Arena has played host to the Ultimate Fighting Championship 65 and 73, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournaments multiple times and was the host site for the 2007 NCAA Volleyball Championships.


The original ARCO Arena (1985–1988), where the Kings played their home games for three seasons (1985 to 1988), after moving from Kansas City had a capacity of 10,333 seats.

Sleep Train Arena is located in a once isolated area on the expanding northern outskirts of the city. It was constructed at a cost of just $40 million, the lowest of any venue in the NBA. It is the smallest arena in the NBA with a seating capacityof 17,317. In 2006, there was a campaign to build a new $600 million facility in downtown Sacramento, which was to be funded by a quarter cent sales tax increase over 15 years; voters overwhelmingly rejected ballot measures Q and R,[6] leading to the NBA publicly calling for a new arena to be built at another well-known Sacramento facility, Cal Expo, the site of California's state fair.[7]

The original namesake sponsor of the arena, energy company ARCO, had corporate sponsorship since the arena's inception as well as the original ARCO Arena. On March 19, 2007, the Maloof brothers announced a multi-year agreement extending the naming rights of ARCO Arena.[8]

Sleep Train Arena has hosted and currently hosts several state high school basketball championship games (1992, 1996, 1998–2009, 2011-present)[9][10] Sleep Train Arena hosts many graduation celebrations for local high schools.

Sleep Train Arena has hosted several WWE events including the 1993 Royal Rumble,Judgment Day 2001, and The Bash in 2009.

Other notable events include the five-day 1995 Billy Graham Greater Sacramento Crusade, which 177,000 people attended.[11] A crowd of 47,500 people reportedly showed up on one night of the event, when Michael W. Smith was the musical guest; only 18,000 people were permitted to inside and many watched on outside television screens.[11][12]

Sleep Train Arena has also hosted a PBR Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event every year since 2005. The arena hosted World Extreme Cagefighting's first ever pay-per-view event, WEC 48, on April 24, 2010.[13]

ARCO's sponsorship agreement ran out in February 2011. The arena was renamed Power Balance Pavilion on March 1, 2011 for its new sponsor, Power Balance, a manufacturer of sports wristbands.[14] On October 15, 2012, the arena assumed its current name when The Sleep Train purchased the naming rights.[15] The Sacramento Kings will stay at Sleep Train Arena till 2016, when the downtown Sacramento arena opens.


The arena seats 17,317 for basketball, and has 30 luxury suites and 412 club seats.[16]

Baseball stadium[edit]Edit

There is an unfinished baseball stadium directly north of the arena. The stadium was never finished because the Sacramento Sports Association ran out of money during construction in 1989. The completion of Raley Field has stopped any possibility of this stadium being completed.[17]

Popular culture[edit]Edit

There is an instrumental song called "Arco Arena" on the album Comfort Eagle by Sacramento band Cake. The band also released a version of the song with lyrics as a B-Side. The music video for Bel Biv Devoe's "She's Dope" was filmed at the arena. This was also the home for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs until they folded in 2009.

The arena set a Guinness World Record for loudest sports roar by reaching 126 decibels on November 15, 2013. [18]


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  8. Jump up^ Extension to Naming Rights Agreement
  9. Jump up^ California Basketball State Champions
  10. Jump up^ California Interscholastic Federation - Basketball Championships
  11. Jump up to:a b Lindelof, Bill (September 25, 1997). "Bay Area Not "Sin City' to Billy Graham". The Sacramento Bee. p. A4.
  12. Jump up^ McMillan, Carolyn (September 14, 1997). "Pastors Recruited Volunteer Army to Lure Graham". Contra Costa Times. p. A19.
  13. Jump up^ "WEC: Aldo vs. Faber". Retrieved February 3, 2012.
  14. Jump up^ "Arco Arena To Become Power Balance Pavilion"KCRA. January 11, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  15. Jump up^ Sosenko, Ben (October 15, 2012). "Kings Now Call ‘Sleep Train Arena’ Home"KOVRArchived from the original on January 7, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
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