The Inland Empire region of California experienced a population explosion of new residents but lacked a multi-purpose arena for sports and entertainment. The old Ontario Motor Speedway property was chosen as the site with the goal of transforming it into a welcoming sports anchored development.
ROSSETTI partnered with AEG to design a flexible floor plan with a glass facade that bathes the interior in natural light and creates a front door for the community. The facility is designed relatively low to the ground in order to fit into its context rather than overpower it. Its signature roof mimics an aircraft’s wings, giving the building the feel of speed and lightness. An innovative structural system expands space in the concourse, and provides more usable square footage without expanding the building’s footprint. A permanent stage was designed into one end of the arena allowing for rapid change over between events.
The flexible design of the arena allows many different types of events, large and small, to be staged here. The addition of the venue brought an ECHL team, the Ontario Reign, to the city as well as a variety of other sports competitions, concerts, special events and community activities. A constant flow of activity has transformed this area into the heartbeat of the region.