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Viejas Arena Events

5500 Canyon Crest Dr, San Diego, CA 92182 US

Viejas Arena

Capacity: 12,845

Home Teams: San Diego State Aztecs (NCAA College Basketball)

Viejas Arena Events

Built in 1997 to be the new home of the San Diego State Aztecs men’s and women’s basketball teams, the Viejas Arena is also one of San Diego’s major venues for sporting competitions, pro wrestling events, and major concerts. The Aztecs men’s basketball team were for many decades no more than an obscure regional team, only joining Division 1 in 1969 and making just 3 appearances in the NCAA March Madness postseason basketball tournament prior to 2000. Everything changed after the turn of the millennium, though, with the Aztecs not only qualifying for 12 March Madness tournaments and progressing to the Sweet 16 on 3 occasions, but also storming through all the way through the Final Four to the NCAA championship final game in 2023. Unfortunately for the Aztecs, they came up against a powerful UConn Huskies team and were defeated by a score of 76–59, but it was nonetheless a huge accomplishment that put the Aztecs basketball program firmly on the radar of college hoops fans everywhere. Fans in San Diego really got behind their team during the incredible season, not only selling out the Viejas Arena but even traveling in considerable numbers to away games and March Madness tournament matchups. No doubt this momentum will carry into future seasons with expectations riding high for the Aztecs. As well as Aztecs basketball games, Viejas Arena has also hosted such superstars as Lady Gaga, Dude Perfect, and Megadeth in front of sold out crowds. Hungry visitors will find no shortage of delicious snacks at Viejas Arena concessions, including the Johnsonville Bratwurst Combo, Tri-Tip Nachos, and Dang Brothers Pizza, along with plenty of good craft beer. Those who want to shop for Aztecs merchandise will find it at the shops and kiosks at Viejas Arena or around campus.

How can I find the cheapest tickets to games and events at Viejas Arena?

In recent seasons, the success of the San Diego State Aztecs basketball team has created incredible hype and made their home games the biggest draw at Viejas Arena, with home games frequently selling out in advance. Concerts and other big events are also very popular. This can make tickets, therefore, difficult to find. To access the cheapest tickets to San Diego State Aztecs basketball home games or other events at Viejas Arena, scan through the TicketX listings on this page and use our trusty TicketX seating chart to compare seating options based on price and location.

Viejas Arena Seating Chart

Viejas Arena is a large venue offering a range of different seating options to its visitors. Those in search of a more exclusive experience can opt for premium seating areas like courtside seats. Large general admission seating sections, many with bench seating where tickets are priced more affordably, give fans the opportunity to get involved with the passion of the crowd. 

Getting to Viejas Arena (Transportation and Parking)

Visitors can access Viejas Arena via public transportation or driving their own vehicle

Getting to Viejas Arena via public transportation

If you want to take public transportation to Viejas Arena, you can get there using several local buses or the green cable car. Check the San Diego State Aztecs website for the cable car schedule. A taxi or ride-share is a good option if you are short on time. If you will be staying on or near campus, walking to the venue is perfectly feasible. 

Getting to Viejas Arena by car

Driving to Viejas Arena in your own vehicle is fairly straightforward, but make sure to account for typical San Diego traffic as well as some congestion close to the venue. Arrive early to avoid stress and disappointment. The San Diego State Aztecs website has maps and driving directions. 

Does Viejas Arena have on-site parking?

Yes, plenty of parking is available on campus around Viejas Arena, though some of the nearest areas are reserved for season ticket pass holders. Public parking can be found, however, in several large lots and garages nearby. Parking passes can be purchased in advance through LAZ. Check the San Diego State Aztecs website for parking information and maps. 

How much does Viejas Arena parking cost?

Public parking passes to lots near Viejas Arena generally cost $28 during basketball games (first come, first served). More information on parking prices can be found on the San Diego State Aztecs website. You can purchase parking passes through LAZ in advance.