Cal Baptist University’s new arena in Riverside impresses on opening day
By Brian Robin
The second-row, center-court season seats Carl and Sheila Conte were happily sitting in at the new Cal Baptist University Events Center in Riverside would be anything but cheap seats – were they at any other venue in Southern California.
Except at $250 per seat for seats that not only come with VIP food service, but a camera eye’s view of CBU Men’s Basketball Coach Rick Croy’s instructions to his players and occasional furrowed brow, these really are “cheap seats.”
“This is like something you see on television. Something like this has never been in Riverside before. This is fantastic,” Sheila Conte said.
“This is a fantastic venue. It’s the best venue in Riverside and probably the best venue for 40 or 50 miles around,” said Carl Conte, a retired elementary school teacher in the Alvord School District and former assistant girls basketball coach at North, Notre Dame and King high schools, who has followed CBU for 10 years.
And the Contes’ VIP-esque seats, which they said they “lucked into,” display one of the many perks to the Events Center, which formally opened Friday morning with an 80-63 victory for the CBU women’s team over Cal State San Marcos and welcomed a raucous near-capacity crowd for the CBU-Cal State Dominguez Hills men’s game Friday night.
Cal Baptist University fans do a dance before the start of their game against Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday, November 10, 2017. Photo by Andrew Foulk, contributing photographer.
Cal Baptist University fans cheer before the start of their game against Cal State Dominguez Hills Friday, November 10, 2017. Photo by Andrew Foulk, contributing photographer.