CURE Insurance Arena facts for kids
|Former names||Sovereign Bank Arena (1999–2009)
Sun National Bank Center (2009–2017)
|Location||81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611 USA
|Public transit|| River Line
at Hamilton Avenue
|Owner||Mercer County Improvement Authority|
|Capacity||Ice hockey: 7,605
|Broke ground||December 2, 1997|
|Opened||October 6, 1999|
|Construction cost||$53 million
($67.8 million in 2018 dollars2018)
|Architect||Sink Combs Dethlefs
|Structural engineer||Geiger Engineers|
|Services engineer||French & Parrello Associates, P.A.|
|General contractor||Gilbane Building Company|
|Trenton Titans/Devils (ECHL) (1999–2013)
Trenton Shooting Stars (IBL) (1999–2001)
Trenton Lightning (IPFL) (2001)
Trenton Steel (SIFL) (2011)
New Jersey Rascals (PLL) (2012)
Trenton Freedom (PIFL) (2014–2015)
Jersey Flight (NAL) (2018–present)
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 and 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. 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. Musical events have dwindled in the 2010s.
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.
|Events and Tenants|
TNA Impact! Zone
|Host of Hard Justice
TNA Impact! Zone
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