Emeryville Arena

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The Emeryville Arena was located in Emeryville, California, an adjacent suburb of Oakland. The venue was used by Tommy Simpson regularly in 1917 and 1918 to hold boxing shows before he moved to the Oakland Auditorium. During this time, the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League of baseball played their games in Emeryville at nearby Oaks Ballpark, which was highly accessible due to a major streetcar line that existed on San Pablo Avenue.[1] During the 1910s, Emeryville had a reputation as a gambling and entertainment mecca for Eastbay residents, which continued during and after Prohibition, prompting then California Attorney General Earl Warren to call Emeryville "the rottenest city on the Pacific coast."[2]