Sames Auto Arena
Sames Auto Arena (formerly known as the Laredo Entertainment Center and Laredo Energy Arena) is a multi-purpose arena, in Laredo, Texas. The Sames Auto Arena can seat up to 8,065 fans at an ice hockey game, 8,067, at an arena football game, 10,000, at a basketball game, and 11,360, at concerts. It is located to Bob Bullock Loop 20, on the northeastern side of Laredo. Within the Sames Auto Arena complex, there are several hotels within a walking distance. The Laredo International Airport is also nearby.
|Former names||Laredo Entertainment Center (2002–2010)|
Laredo Energy Arena (2010–2018)
|Location||6700 Arena Boulevard|
Laredo, Texas 78041
|Owner||City of Laredo|
Arena Football: 8,067
|Field size||178,000 square feet (16,500 m2)|
|Broke ground||June 2001|
|Opened||September 21, 2002|
|Construction cost||$36.5 million|
($50.8 million in 2018 dollars)
|Architect||Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam|
|General contractor||Beers/Reed Construction|
|Laredo Bucks (CHL) (2002–2012)|
Laredo Law (af2) (2004)
Laredo Lobos (af2) (2006–2007)
Laredo Rattlesnakes (LSFL) (2012–2013)
Laredo Bucks (USACHL) (2018)
In 2010, the previously-named Laredo Entertainment Center was renamed the Laredo Energy Arena after Laredo Energy purchased the venue's naming rights. Eight years later, Sames Auto Group purchased the naming rights to the arena and the venue is now known as the Sames Auto Arena.
The City of Laredo funded the $36.5 million project through a one-quarter percent sales tax increase that was approved by Laredo voters on August 12, 2000, with the facility's groundbreaking taking place in June 2001. The facility opened in October 2002.
The facility's management company, SMG, oversees all aspects of the arena including operations, concessions, scheduling, ticketing, and marketing.
With 32,000 square feet of continuous open floor space, the Sames Auto Arena has the largest indoor convention space in South Texas. The 178,000 square foot facility has a seating capacity of 10,000 with 14 luxury suites, six meeting rooms and a private club.
The Sames Auto Arena sits on 25 acres at Jacaman Road and Loop 20 – property that Arena Ventures donated to the City of Laredo. Arena Ventures owns 35 additional acres around the site that is currently being developed with hotels and office parks, specialized retail stores and restaurants, and a $1.5 million water feature with fountains, a boardwalk and quarter-mile jogging track.
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