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Viejas Arena

Viejas Arena, formerly Cox arena, at Aztec Bowl.

Ground was broken for the Viejas Arena on March 27, 1995 in the historic San Diego State University Aztec Bowl site. The Aztec Bowl, which opened on October 3, 1936, served as the site for university sporting and cultural events through August of 1994. Of note, on June 6, 1963, President John F. Kennedy presented the commencement address and received his honorary doctorate in front of 30,000 people in and around Aztec Bowl.

In February and March of 1988, the Associated Students’ of SDSU approved the Student Activity Center referendum. This referendum allowed for a mandatory student fee increase which provided funding to build what would be called the Cox Arena and Aztec Recreation Center. In November of 1994, Aztec Bowl received designation as a historic site and was chosen as the site for the Viejas Arena. Due to the bowl’s historic designation, bleacher sections of the bowl were preserved and can still be seen today.

Viejas Arena (formerly Cox Arena) opened its doors to the campus and community in July of 1997. Viejas Arena continues to provide quality entertainment with impeccable acoustics and sight lines. Every seat in the house is great. Viejas Arena hosts athletic events, concerts, conferences, lectures, academic gatherings and is home to Aztec Basketball.

Hours of Operation:

Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with additional hours on event days.

Driving Directions

From the East:
Take I-8 West to College Avenue and turn left. Take College Avenue south approximately 1 mile and turn right at Montezuma Road. Take Montezuma Road approximately 1 mile and turn right at 55th Street. Viejas Arena and the parking structures are along 55th Street.

From the West:
Take I-8 East to College Avenue and turn right. Take College Avenue south approximately 1 mile and turn right at Montezuma Road. Take Montezuma Road approximately 1 mile and turn right at 55th Street. Viejas Arena and the parking structures are along 55th Street.

Upcoming event at Viejas Arena

The Chainsmokers: World War Joy Tour

  • Sunday, November 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The Chainsmokers will be performing at the Viejas Arena on November 24, 2019. They are on their World War Joy Tour with 5 Seconds of Summer and Lennon Stella. Tickets start from $29.50. Doors open: 6 p.m. | Scheduled start time: 7 p.m. Your browser does not support this object. Content can be viewed at actual source page: https://youtu.be/U0V1y2p1sgs Read more

All upcoming events at Viejas Arena

The Chainsmokers: World War Joy TourNovember 24, 2019

Miranda Lambert 'Wildcard' TourFebruary 21, 2020

Past events

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Business hours

Monday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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