Have you heard about the lockout in the National Hockey League? I think I knew about it; not directly, but just in that overheard-kind of way, when you’re not really listening to the news but it sinks in anyway.
So when I was invited to check out the Ontario Reign, who play at the Citizen’s Bank Arena, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Even though it’s November, this particular day we were experiencing a California heat wave; so the temperature was expected to be in the 90s. That’s why I love California!
A Great Place to Chill
Citizens Business Bank Arena opened in October 2008 , to host sporting events and competitions, family shows, concerts and other community events and activities. It’s a state of the art facility that can hold up to 11,000 people; but still give you a small-venue vibe.
We (some of the ladies from SoCalLadyBloggers) were graciously invited to a tour of the arena, plus the opportunity to watch the Ontario Reign ECHL play the Bakersfield Condors; all from one of their private sky boxes. Our tour through this beautiful facility, was conducted by the Marketing Director, Sue Oxarart; and you couldn’t help but feel her enthusiasm and dedication to this facility.
The arena sits on the site of the original Ontario Motor Speedway. Ontario was once full of vineyards and home to a family olive business, which has been around since 1894 and is still going strong. Its also the site of the the original California Jam and Cal Jam II rock concerts, held back in the 1970s. All of this history was researched and is beautifully displayed as you walk around the interior of the arena too.
The Citizens Business Bank Arena hosts a great variety of entertainment–from hockey and basketball to motocross, concerts and family programs. It’s also available to rent for private and other functions such as school graduations; and has several smaller venues within the facility that would make a great meeting place.
Personally, I plan to keep a close eye on the upcoming schedule of events going on at the Citizens Business Bank Arena. I would love to see some of my favorite musical artists playing in this smaller arena!
Oh, and the hockey game? Well, yes it was a lot of fun! On top of that the Ontario Reign won! Can’t beat that when the home team wins! My only suggestion would be to remember that there’s a ton of ice in the arena when you’re watching hockey; and even if its 90 plus degrees outside, you still might need a sweater and some warm socks!