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Coachella Valley Arena
Palm Springs arena.jpg
Location Coachella Valley, California
Opened Fall 2022 (planned)
Operator Oak View Group
Capacity Ice hockey: 9,918
Palm Springs AHL team (beginning 2022)

Coachella Valley Arena is a planned multi-purpose indoor arena to be built in the Coachella Valley near Palm Desert, California. The arena broke ground one June 2, 2021 on 43.35 acres of unincorporated land near Palm Desert, between Interstate 10 and Classic Club golf course. The project aims for completion in the fourth quarter of 2022 and will host as home ice for the Palm Springs American Hockey League team.


On June 26, 2019, it was reported that the ownership of the upcoming Seattle Kraken had chosen Palm Springs as the site for Seattle's AHL affiliate and that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Oak View Group (OVG) had teamed up to build an arena on band-owned land as a home for their proposed expansion team.[1] The 10,000-seat arena was estimated to cost $250 million. OVG CEO Tim Leiweke used a study done by the SoCal Coyotes on the future of sports events and tourism in the Coachella Valley as proof of the viability of a multi-purpose venue in Palm Springs.[2]

The proposed arena was to be constructed on part of the Spa Resort Casino's parking lots and be owned by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians with the Oak View Group as the arena operator.[3] It would also have had an adjoining facility to serve as a year-round community gathering space as well as the training center for the AHL team.[4] Groundbreaking and construction on the arena was expected to begin in February 2020, with completion by fall 2021, but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting ban on large gatherings including concerts and sporting events.[5][6] By September 2020, OVG's negotiations with the tribe had come to a halt and the agreement was ended.[7]

On September 16, 2020, the Oak View Group and H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation[8] announced they had chosen a new location for the arena in the middle of the Coachella Valley near Palm Desert, but it would not open until at least 2022.[9] The arena will be located on land in between Interstate 10 and the Classic Club golf course.[10] Groundbreaking on the project took place on June 2, 2021.[11]


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