Facility at a Glance
Concert End Stage: 9622 capacity
Concert 3/4 House: 6780 capacity
Concert 1/2 House: 4144 capacity
Ice Hockey: 8065 capacity
Arena Football: 8067 capacity
Basketball: 8665 capacity
Over 2,000 well-lit parking spaces
Two food courts
TV monitors in concession areas
Six box office windows
Six spacious meeting rooms
Custom made, adjustable scoreboard weighing 10,500 lbs.
Ice Rink -- 200 ft. x 85 ft.
Did You Know . . . ?
You can fit 261,327 hockey pucks on the ice floor; 480,000 on the event floor.
The square footage of the building is equal to 88 two-thousand square foot houses or 2,816,000 hockey pucks.
It would take 3,192 hot dogs (end to end) to encircle the perimeter of the building.
If you stacked 640 hockey pucks on top of each other, you would reach the bottom of the truss; 986 to reach the top of the truss.
You can hang 48 (4,000 pound) pickup trucks from the roof at the same time.
There are 30 rows of seats.
The large roof trusses span 280 feet (1,120 pucks end to end, 3,584 stacked pucks, or 560 hot dogs).
The building houses more than 1,000 tons of steel.
If you sat each block end to end, they would stretch nearly 35 miles.
Thirteen miles of piping lie under the ice slab.
The facility was constructed in 16 months
Smoking: Smoking is prohibited inside the Sames Auto Arena. There are designated smoking areas outside the building.
Cameras: Restrictions on the use of still and video cameras vary by event. Some events permit still cameras without the flash, but not recording devices. Concerts typically do not permit any cameras or recording devices (audio or video). Guests should contact a Sames Auto Arena representative at 956.791.9192 to find out the policy prior to the event.
Prohibited Items: Guests are not allowed to bring certain items into the Sames Auto Arena including; bottles or cans, food or beverages, weapons or firearms, coolers or containers, fireworks, illegal substances and laser pointers, etc.
First Aid is located across from Section 109, adjacent to Gate B. Certified medical professionals are available at this location to assist guests with medical needs. Guests in need of emergency first aid should contact the nearest Sames Auto Arena employee for medical assistance.
The Sames Auto Arena personnel have been trained to assist in emergency situations. Areas of Rescue Assistance are available and visual and audible alarms are located throughout the facility for use in the event of an emergency.
There are 8 concessions stands in the facility designed with our guests in mind. Accessible countertops and bar counters are at a height that is comfortable for everyone.
There are accessible restrooms on every level of the Sames Auto Arena. Men’s, Women’s and Unisex Family restrooms are located in the corners of the Main Concourse.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
ATMs are located on the Main Concourse adjacent to Gates B and C and one is also located outside the Main Entrance adjacent to the Box Office.
The Sames Auto Arena provides public telephones free of charge to our patrons. Phones are located at the Guest Services table and are accessible to all guests.
Accessible water fountains are located throughout the building.
Entrances and Exits: The Sames Auto Arena has five main entrances and exits.
Elevators: There are two passenger elevators available to transport guests of the Sames Auto Arena. These elevators are located on the Main Concourse across from Section 109 and adjacent to Gate B.
Stairways: There are three stairwells located throughout the facility. Two of those stairwells, located on the northwest and southwest side of the building, are for emergency exit use only and lead directly to the outside of the facility. The one stairwell located adjacent to the Administrative Offices and Gate C and across from Section 113 is for patron transport from the Club/Suite Level to the Main Concourse and vice versa.