Circus Marks Final Event at Sleep Train Arena

SACRAMENTO -- It's the end of an era. Sleep Train Arena will say goodbye to its fans the same way Arco Arena said hello 29 years ago.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the first show at Arco Arena in 1988. This weekend marks the final performance at Sleep Train. The circus will once again do the honors.

"We live in Tracy, we wanted to take part in the festivities they had at the end of it, so that's why we're here," said Benjamin Mika who came to the circus with his family.

Tickets to the event are more than just entry to the event, it's the last memories Sleep Train fans can make before making new memories at the Golden 1 Center.

The future of Sleep Train is unclear, but one nearby business hopes the arena will host more events to help bring customers through their doors.

"It's a little bit of a slower area but a lot of our customers are coming from the arena," said Nathan McCarthy with Pork Belly Rib Shack.

Thursday at the circus the Ringmaster and honorary ringmaster, better known as vice mayor Rick Jennings, honored the final shows. Jennings presented a resolution to thank the circus for its years of entertaining Sacramento families. Thursday is the beginning of the end of decades of memories.

FOX40 reached out to Angelique Ashby to get details on what the future will be like for Sleep Train. She didn't respond to our request for information.