Sun National Bank Center

The Sun National Bank Center, formerly known as Sovereign Bank Arena, is a $53-million, 10,500-seat arena in Trenton, in the U.S. state of New Jersey; home to the Trenton Freedom of the PIFL and other special events including family shows, sporting events and concerts. On November 13, 2009, Sun National Bank signed a naming-rights deal for seven years for $2.1 million.

History & events

The arena opened as Sovereign Bank Arena 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.

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. 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 plays host to the USSBA Zildjian Indoor Percussion Championships every April as the culmination of the Winter Percussion season and the National Championships for USSBA Indoor


External links

  • Official website
  • Sun National Bank news release
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