The Oakland Arena (now known as the Oracle Arena) is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, United States. It was originally constructed as the Oakland Coliseum Arena in 1966, and became an occasional home for high profiles boxing matches, rather than the Oakland Auditorium. Over the years, though, the stadium became increasingly outdated, lacking the luxuries of newer arenas. Rather than building a new arena in Oakland - or, for that matter, in San Francisco or San Jose, as some wanted - the decision was made to proceed with a $121 million renovation that tore down much of the old arena, leaving the external walls, roof and foundation, along with a few other features, intact, and then building a new seating bowl within the older confines, like was done to KeyArena in Seattle. The renovation began in mid-1996 and was completed in time for the Golden State Warriors to return in the fall of 1997 (they played the intervening season at the San Jose Arena). The new arena sits 19,596 for basketball and 17,000 for ice hockey. It hosted WCW SuperBrawl 1999 and the 2000 NBA All-Star Game.
The arena has been home to the Golden State Warriors since 1966, excepting the one year hiatus. The Cal Golden Bears have played a few games at the arena over the years, as well. The Coliseum also hosted the California Golden Seals (also known as the Oakland Seals and California Seals previously) of the NHL from 1967-1976. The Oakland Skates, a professional roller hockey team, also played here from 1993 to 1995.
The Oakland Arena hosted the 2006 West Regional of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. It has twice before played host, also as the West Regional site in 1990 and 1995.
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