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An Anchor for Waterfront Redevelopment

Stockton Arena
Stockton, California, USA

“The progressive design of the facility, including the active master plan and spectrum of events, will capture people year round.”

Kevin Greene
VP, International Facilities Group

With its dramatic facade, the multi-use Stockton Arena set an architectural standard for mid-sized arenas in the US.

As a new architectural icon for downtown Stockton, the multipurpose sports and entertainment venue accommodates a wide range of events while defining the city’s waterfront redevelopment program.

HOK’s master plan for the 24-acre redevelopment includes the arena, Stockton Ballpark, the Sheraton Stockton at Regent Pointe Hotel, retail space and parking. The city of Stockton financed the project to redevelop a former industrial site on the western edge of downtown along the San Joaquin River Delta Waterway.

Design elements and building materials respect the community’s nautical, agricultural and industrial heritage. With views toward downtown and the site’s proximity to the historic waterfront and public park areas, the design team created strong visual connections between the arena and its surroundings. The generous use of glazing exposes a tensile fabric used to cast light or images from floor-to-ceiling that can be seen from a distance. The transparent facade, together with the sweeping wood-clad and metal forms, creates a warm, inviting facility.

Amenities include 344 club seats, a 5,000-sq.-ft. multipurpose room and a team store. Suspended over the lower seating bowl from the roof trusses, 24 luxury “gondola suites” position patrons closer to the action. Club seats on the south side of the bowl have access to an outdoor terrace with extensive views of the water, downtown and adjacent ballpark.

HOK designed the bowl and support spaces to accommodate indoor sports of all types, including hockey, football, soccer and basketball. The bowl also supports end-stage configurations for concerts. A dividable, 5,000-sq.-ft. multipurpose meeting and banquet room that is serviced from the lofty main lobby foyer provides an additional revenue source for the facility.

SIZE

8,600–12,000 seats
247,000 sq. ft. / 22,950 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Facility Programming
Interior Design
Master Planning

AWARDS

McGraw-Hill Construction – Best Civic Building, Northern California