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Cox Arena is primarily a two-building complex. It includes a 76,000 square foot recreation center in addition to a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena plus two smaller classroom and ticket office buildings. These facilities are models of multi-use efficiency that satisfy the current demand for formal and informal recreation space as well as the facility needs of Athletics and Physical Education. The arena is built on the site of the old Aztec Bowl stadium which hosted San Diego State football games as well as other athletic, entertainment and cultural events from the time of its construction in 1936 until 1967. Built directly into a canyon hillside, Cox Arena encloses one end of the old horseshoe-shaped Aztec Bowl. Two sections of the stadiums' original concrete bleachers and cobblestone walls frame each side of the arena's north entrance. In addition, the University's 10-ton granite boulder, a California landmark commemorating President John F. Kennedy's 1963 commencement address at Aztec Bowl, has also been placed in this area.