Rio Rancho Events Center

Rio Rancho, NM - Arena

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The Rio Rancho Events Center is the premier convention and live entertainment facility in the Southwest; combining state-of-the-art facilities with a professional, energetic staff that works hard to provide successful events and lifelong memories to all citizens of New Mexico. Hosting events that range from family shows to concerts, sporting events to trade shows and conventions, the facilities serve an integral role in boosting tourism and local traffic to restaurants, retail, and parking facilities in downtown Rio Rancho.

Venue Snapshot

Spectra Divisions

Food Services & Hospitality
Venue Management


3001 Civic Center Circle NE,
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Services Provided

  • Complete Venue Management Services
  • Spectra Food Services & Hospitality
  • Partnerships - Premium Seating Sales
  • Partnerships - Naming Rights
  • Partnerships - Sponsorship Sales

Venue Capacities

  • 7,500 fixed seats
  • 165,000 square feet
  • 27 suites and 4 party suites
  • 2 VIP lounges
  • Floor plans: End Stage - 6,731; Half House - 3,052; Center Stage - 7,500
  • Home of the New Mexico Runners that play in the MASL league

Notable Events & Accomplishments

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"Fiscal Year 2017 marked a solid year for Spectra in managing Rio Rancho's multi-purpose event center, the Santa Ana Star Center. In the eighth year under Spectra management, the venue exceeded its FY17 budget goal by $47,000. Spectra has met its budget goal for eight straight years under Spectra. The Star Center played host to 139 events in FY17. The Spectra team continues to run one of the best facilities in New Mexico for events based both, regionally and nationally. With a continued focus on customer service, Spectra staff delivers a product that is high quality, which in turn helps with customer retention. Along with providing an excellent customer experience, the Santa Ana Star Center is the premier venue in the State of New Mexico for both sports and entertainment. The mix and diversity of events that the Star Center and the City of Rio Rancho are able to play host brings people to our community from across New Mexico. Having events such as Cirque du Soleil, Disney on Ice, Jeff Dunham, Casting Crowns, and Chris Tomlin in FY17 was a huge positive for the arena's event load. From the City's perspective, it is a positive sign to see the Star Center's event load get incrementally better year over year. Spectra has made strides in its partnerships with promoters and touring shows, which is evident in the shows that the Star Center is now attracting. These inroads have resulted in Cirque du Soleil, FELD Entertainment, the Harlem Globetrotters, VEE Corporation, as well as rodeos and motorsport events being in the regular rotation at the Santa Ana Star Center. In addition, Spectra continues to work on securing long-term naming rights for the facility. Community events that the Star Center hosts cannot be understated. These events have been tremendous, for not only the community, but also the entire State. High school athletes from across New Mexico are able to compete in a state of the art building for State Championship events, which leaves them with a lasting positive impression of our community. As Rio Rancho moves to the future, we are excited to offer up the Santa Ana Star Center as a venue to host new and exciting events." - Noah Trujillo, Visit Rio Rancho Manager, the City of Rio Rancho