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Rabobank Arena
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Location 1001 Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Broke ground June 9, 1997 (1997-06-09)[1]
Opened October 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)[1]
Owner City of Bakersfield
Operator AEG
Architect Rossetti Architects[2]
Project Manager National Sports Services[3]
Structural engineer Culp & Tanner[4]
Services engineer ACCO Engineered Systems[2]
General Contractor PCL Construction[2]
Tenants Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners (NCAA) (1998–2014)
Bakersfield Condors (WCHL/ECHL) (1998–2015)
Bakersfield Blitz (AF2) (2002–2003)
Bakersfield Blitz (AF2) (2004–2007)
Bakersfield Jam (NBA D-League) (2006–2009)
Bakersfield Condors (AHL) (2015–present)
Capacity General: 10,400
Ice hockey: 8,751

The Rabobank Arena is a multi-purpose arena in Bakersfield, California, USA. Located downtown at the corner of Truxtun Avenue and N Street, it was built in 1998, and was originally known as Centennial Garden.[5] Dutch cooperative bank Rabobank has held the naming rights since 2005.[6][7]

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The arena is home to the Bakersfield Condors, an ice hockey team in the American Hockey League[8] and occasional California State University, Bakersfield Roadrunners Men's NCAA Division I basketball games.[9] Rabobank Arena is also the current home to the California Interscholastic Federation High School State Wrestling Championship Tournament held the first weekend in March.[10] As a concert venue, the arena seats 6,400 for half-house shows and up to 10,225 for center stage and end-stage shows. The arena floor measures 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of total space.[11]

The southern concourse of Rabobank Arena serves as the exhibit home of the Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame.[12] The Bob Elias Kern County Sports Hall of Fame honors athletes and people involved with athletics from Bakersfield and Kern County. They include nationally prominent athletes, local coaches, and others who have made a significant contribution to athletics. A separate display on the western concourse honors the founders of Bakersfield and Kern County, as well as country music legend Buck Owens and current athletes and dignitaries from Bakersfield and Kern County.[13]

Attached to Rabobank Arena is the Rabobank Theater and Convention Center, a 17,840-square-foot (1,657 m2) exhibit hall and 3,000-seat theater. The complex was originally known as the Bakersfield Civic Auditorium (opened in 1962) and was later renamed the Bakersfield Convention Center in the 1980s.

In front of Rabobank Arena is a city parkspace, Centennial Plaza. The Plaza has a large fountain that drains into the concrete of the plaza, a stage, a sculpture fountain, art work, and bricks commemorating the City of Bakersfield's Centennial as an incorporated city in 1998.[14]

Parking for the Rabobank Arena, Theater, and Convention Center is in a lot on the southern side of the arena between N Street on the west, Q Street on the east, and 13th Street on the south.[15] The lot is adjacent to the Bakersfield Ice Sports Center and the McMurtrey Aquatic Center.

In their first year in the Western Athletic Conference, the Roadrunners moved into Rabobank Arena full-time but they moved back to campus for the 2014-15 season. Also in recent years, AEG Facilities have taken over management of the Arena.

The arena was originally named Centennial Garden in 1998 by local resident Brian Landis.

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Cox Convention Center
(as the Oklahoma City Barons)
Home of the
Bakersfield Condors

2016–present
Succeeded by
current

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