The Simmons Bank Arena has witnessed the creation of the vibrant development of an entertainment destination along both sides of the Arkansas River that brings together the twin cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock. Situated in North Little Rock, the Arena first opened in October of 1999, as Alltel Arena and immediately became the focal point for sports and entertainment in Central Arkansas. It features a seating capacity of 18,000 and meeting and conference space of 28,000 square feet.
Known now as Simmons Bank Arena, the facility is publicly owned by the Multi-Purpose Civic Center Facilities Board for Pulaski County. From its inception, the Arena was funded by a combination of local, state and private monies. It is considered the crown jewel in the development of Little Rock’s River Market and its expansion of Little Rock Convention Center. The Arkansas State Capitol presides over the district, which includes the Clinton Presidential Library, the North Little Rock Main Street Restaurant Row and Art District.