Live Nation, Oak View Group and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians announced their partnership in the official groundbreaking of a new arena to serve the Palm Springs region of California.
New Arena at Agua Caliente is slated to open in the fall of 2021 and will become the home of a new AHL team, confirmed as an affiliate of Seattle NHL. In addition, it will be a hub for live events and touring artists with some 10,000 seats and 20 luxury suites.
“On behalf of our partners at Agua Caliente, OVG, NHL Seattle, and Live Nation, we are thrilled to break ground on the New Arena that will transform the entertainment and sports scene in the Coachella Valley. It’s time Palm Springs had a world-class arena and we’re excited to make this a reality,” said Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke in a release.
The privately funded, state-of-the-art arena is also intended to host community events like meetings, conventions, exhibitions, award shows and more. It will be settled on 16 acres of Agua Caliente tribal land and will make history by welcoming the first professional winter sports team to the Coachella Valley.
“This is going to be a great asset for the community,” Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a press statement. “I’m excited for hockey, the sporting events and other special events. We are all excited for it, and we can’t wait to see it open in fall 2021 in time for hockey season.”
The addition of a major arena to the Palm Springs area has partners optimistic about further growth in the market.
“With shows from the biggest artists in the world, to professional hockey and sporting events, we believe the arena will become a much sought-after destination for families and fans across the Coachella Valley,” said arena General Manager John Bolton. “We look forward to continuing to work with our neighbors and partners in the community to create an experience for our customers that will be second to none.”