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CURE Insurance Arena
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Location 81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611 USA
Broke ground December 2, 1997[1]
Opened October 6, 1999
Owner Mercer County Improvement Authority[2]
Operator Global Spectrum
Construction cost $53 million
($69.9 million in 2018 dollars[3])
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Vitetta Group
Structural engineer Geiger Engineers[4]
Services engineer French & Parrello Associates, P.A.[5]
General Contractor Gilbane Building Company[6]
Former names Sovereign Bank Arena (1999–2009)
Sun National Bank Center (2009–2017)
Tenants Trenton Titans (ECHL) (1999–2013)
Trenton Shooting Stars (IBL) (1999–2001)
Trenton Lightning (IPFL) (2001)
Philadelphia Passion (LFL) (2009–2011)
Trenton Steel (SIFL) (2011)
New Jersey Rascals (PLL) (2012)
Trenton Freedom (PIFL) (2014–2015)
Jersey Flight (AAL) (2018–present)
Capacity Ice hockey: 7,605
Basketball: 8,600
Concerts: 8,500

The CURE Insurance Arena is a $53-million, 10,500-seat arena in Trenton, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. It hosts events including shows, sporting events and concerts.

The arena seats 7,605 for hockey and other ice events, 8,600 for basketball and up to 10,500 for concerts, family shows, and other events which makes it the largest arena in Central New Jersey. The arena is located next to, and served by, the Hamilton Avenue station on NJ Transit's River Line and New Jersey Route 129.

It is managed by Philadelphia-based Spectra, a subsidiary of Comcast Spectacor.

History & events

The arena opened as Sovereign Bank Arena on October 6, 1999, with a World Wrestling Entertainment event. On November 13, 2009, Sun National Bank signed a naming-rights deal for seven years for $2.1 million.[7] Since the arena opened, it has hosted over 1200 events with over 4 million guests attending and has sold out shows by Bruce Springsteen, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Cher, Elton John, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.[8]

CURE Insurance Arena hosted the last regular season games of the premier 2018 JBA season.

Men's College Basketball

The 2000 and 2001 Northeast Conference men's basketball tournaments were held there, as was the 2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament.

Women's College Basketball

In 2006, the arena hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament. In 2009, the arena hosted the Trenton Regional of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament where the University of Connecticut went to the Women's Final Four.

References

  1. Garbarine, Rachelle (December 14, 1997). "In the Region/New Jersey; 2d Anchor Begun in Trenton's Revitalization Plan". The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/1997/12/14/realestate/in-the-region-new-jersey-2d-anchor-begun-in-trenton-s-revitalization-plan.html. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  2. "Ownership & Management". Sun National Bank Center. http://www.sunnationalbankcenter.com/ownership-management.php. Retrieved November 22, 2009.
  3. Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved December 7, 2010.
  4. "Stephen P. Emery". Geiger Engineers. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20101220234314/http://www.geigerengineers.com/resume.cfm?RecordID=7. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  5. "Awards". French & Parrello Associates. http://fpaengineers.com/about-us/awards/. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  6. Jaeger, Lauren (July 6, 1998). "Globe Facility Services To Run Mercer Arena". AllBusiness. http://www.allbusiness.com/services/amusement-recreation-services/4573960-1.html. Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  7. Rinde, Meir (November 18, 2009). "Arena Naming Deal Put at $2.1M". The Times (Trenton). http://www.nj.com/news/times/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-18/1258526707280500.xml&coll=5. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  8. "General Info". Sun National Bank Center. http://www.sunnationalbankcenter.com/general-info.php. Retrieved November 22, 2009.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
TNA Impact! Zone
Host of Hard Justice
2008
Succeeded by
TNA Impact! Zone

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