Posted by Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians on Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians celebrated a topping-off ceremony at the site of the new Agua Caliente Cultural Museum in Palm Springs on May 22, 2019. Photo: Agua Caliente Band

Agua Caliente Band announces $250 million sports and entertainment arena

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians will be building a $250 million sports and entertainment arena on tribal land in downtown Palm Springs, California.

The tribe is working with the Oak View Group, a global venue development, advisory, and investment company, on the project. Plans call for a 300,000-square-foot arena with seating for up to 10,000, plus a facility that will be used as a community gathering space and as a training center.

"This is a unique partnership that will forever change the face of sports and entertainment in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley," Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said in a press release. "We are creating a healthy community gathering place for Coachella Valley families and visitors from around the world to celebrate, play and experience diverse entertainment opportunities in a state-of-the-art arena."

An opening is anticipated by the fall of 2021. A franchise affiliated with the professional Seattle NHL team has pledged to play there if its application is approved by the National Hockey League.

"The new arena in downtown Palm Springs is a terrific project. If we are successful with our application for an AHL Franchise, it would represent an exciting opportunity to bring the first professional hockey team to this region," said Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle, the team . "We are confident that the market is ready to embrace a winter sports team and that the community will help us achieve the minimum level of season tickets and premium sales we need."

The Oak View Group put the cost of the development at $250 million, The Palm Springs Desert Sun reported.

"With each venue, we’ve had the privilege of building and managing, Oak View Group has consistently continued to raise the industry standard, and the arena in Palm Springs will be no exception," said Tim Leiweke, the CEO of Oak View Group. "We look forward to working with Agua Caliente to build what we consider to be one of the most premiere music and professional sports arenas in the world."

Read More on the Story
Agua Caliente plans new downtown Palm Springs sports, entertainment arena. Projected cost for arena is $250M (The Palm Springs Desert Sun June 26, 2019)
Agua Caliente tribe announces new arena for Palm Springs (The Riverside Press-Enterprise June 26, 2019)
Agua Caliente tribe announces plans for Palm Springs arena, seeks pro hockey team (KEQ June 26, 2019)
Sports and Entertainment Arena Coming to Downtown Palm Springs (NBC Palm Springs June 26, 2019)
With an arena on the way, the sports possibilities for Palm Springs seem endless (The Palm Springs Desert Sun June 27, 2019)
Seattle minor league hockey affiliate will be in Palm Springs (The Associated Press June 27, 2019)

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