The San Diego Sports Arena (AKA Valley View Casino Center) is an indoor arena located on Sports Arena Blvd in Point Loma, San Diego, California off of Interstate 8. The arena was built in 1966 by Robert Breitbard, a local football hero who played for Hoover High School and San Diego State, for “a modest” $6.4 million dollars.
The arena opened on November 17, 1966 when more than 11,000 pro hockey fans watched the San Diego Gulls (then a member of the Western Hockey League) win their season opener, 4–1, against the Seattle Totems.
The arena seats 12,000 for arena football, 12,920 for ice hockey, 13,900 for basketball and tennis, 5,450 for amphitheater concerts and stage shows, between 8,900 and 14,800 for arena concerts, 13,000 for ice shows and the circus, and 16,100 for boxing and wrestling. In 2000, Amusement Business/Billboard Magazine listed the arena as the “#1″ facility in the nation for venues seating 10,001 to 15,000 seats. The same magazine ranked the arena as #2 in 2002 and as the #5 facility in 2003. In 2007, the arena was ranked as the #5 facility by Billboard Magazine.