OCEANSIDE, CA (KGTV) – The Sockers have been around since the early 1980s, but they have always been renters to their home arena.
But that will change very soon. After five years of planning, the team has laid the foundation stone in a new 8,000-seat indoor arena in Oceanside and will finally have a place to call itself.
“It’s great for us players,” said Sockers captain Brian Farber. “It’s great for our fans, and to be fair, it’s not just a stadium for us. It’s going to be great for Oceanside, North County, San Diego and the entire Southern California region. Everyone will benefit from this stadium.”
Sockers’ head coach Phil Salvagio says the smaller size of the new arena compared to the larger capacity of the sports arena creates a more intimate environment for a game.
“It’s compact and loud. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and a rocky stadium.”
The cost of the new privately funded arena is estimated at $ 50 million and will be in an area north of Highway 78. Oceanside Mayor Esther C. Sanchez says North County is very excited about this project.
“That was a dream and I just heard it was a Sockers dream to find a home. Well, you found one.”
And while the Sockers have played in the sports arena for most of their time, they find North County to be a perfect fit.
“We knew there was a void and that most of our fans live in North County, so we’re trying to please them by coming here.”
The arena, which will host concerts and other sporting events, is the first of its kind in North County and is expected to open in 2023.