Sun National Bank Center

Sun National Bank Center
Sun National Bank Center
Former names Sovereign Bank Arena (1999–2009)
Location 81 Hamilton Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08611
Broke ground December 2, 1997[1]
Opened October 6, 1999
Owner Mercer County Improvement Authority[2]
Operator Global Spectrum
Construction cost $53 million
($69.9 million in 2011 dollars[3])
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Vitetta Group
General Contractor Gilbane Building Company[4]
Capacity Ice hockey: 7,605
Basketball: 8,600
Concerts: 10,500
Trenton Titans (ECHL) (1999–present)
Trenton Steel (SIFL) (2011–present)
Trenton Lightning (IPFL) (2001)
Trenton Shooting Stars (IBL) (19992001)
Philadelphia Passion (LFL) (2009–present)

The Sun National Bank Center is a $53 million, 8,500 seat arena in Trenton, New Jersey, home to the Trenton Titans of the ECHL and other special events. In 2011 it will be home to the Trenton Steel of the Southern Indoor Football League. On November 13, 2009, Sun National Bank signed a naming rights deal for seven years for $2.1 million.[5]

The arena opened on October 6, 1999 with a World Wrestling Entertainment event. Since then the arena has hosted over 1200 events with over 4,000,000 guests attending and has sold out shows by Bruce Springsteen, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Cher, Elton John, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Britney Spears and Justin Bieber.[6]

The arena held the first and second rounds of the 2006 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament The 2000 and 2001 Northeast Conference men's basketball tournaments were held there as was the 2003 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament. The 2009 edition of the MAAC men's basketball tournament was scheduled to be played at the arena until administrators at the facility asked MAAC tournament officials to consider an alternate location for the games.[7]The finals of the Trenton Regional in the 2009 NCAA women's tournament, were held there as well.

The arena seats 7,605 for hockey and other ice events, 8,600 for basketball and up to 10,500 for concerts, family shows, and other events which makes it the largest arena in Southern New Jersey. The arena is located next to, and served by, the Hamilton Avenue station on NJ Transit's River Line and New Jersey Route 129.

The arena is managed by Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Comcast Spectacor.

The arena hosted the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling Pay-Per-View Hard Justice 2008 on August 10, 2008.

The Sun National Bank Center also hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge New Jersey Regional.


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Coordinates: 40°12′46″N 74°45′27.22″W / 40.21278°N 74.7575611°W / 40.21278; -74.7575611

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