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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.[3]

Sames Auto Arena
Laredo Energy Arena
Former namesLaredo Entertainment Center (2002–2010)
Laredo Energy Arena (2010–2018)
Location6700 Arena Boulevard
Laredo, Texas 78041
Coordinates27°33′29.70″N 99°27′09.66″W / 27.5582500°N 99.4526833°W / 27.5582500; -99.4526833Coordinates: 27°33′29.70″N 99°27′09.66″W / 27.5582500°N 99.4526833°W / 27.5582500; -99.4526833
OwnerCity of Laredo
OperatorSMG
CapacityHockey: 8,065
Arena Football: 8,067
Basketball: 10,000
Concerts: 11,360
conventions: 10,000
Field size178,000 square feet (16,500 m2)
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundJune 2001
OpenedSeptember 21, 2002
Construction cost$36.5 million
($50.8 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectLockwood, Andrews & Newnam[2]
General contractorBeers/Reed Construction[2]
Tenants
Laredo Bucks (CHL) (2002–2012)
Laredo Law (af2) (2004)
Laredo Lobos (af2) (2006–2007)
Laredo Rattlesnakes (LSFL) (2012–2013)
Laredo Bucks (USACHL) (2018)

HistoryEdit

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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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Broughton, David (November 25, 2002). "Laredo Entertainment Center". Sports Business Journal.
  3. ^ "Technical Information". Laredo Energy Arena. Retrieved April 2, 2014.