The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians on Wednesday announced that the groundbreaking for its new arena on tribal land in Palm Springs will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18.
The 10,000-seat sports and entertainment arena will be host to the minor-league hockey affiliate of a new Seattle NHL franchise, and be a venue for concerts. The arena will be located downtown off Calle El Segundo just north of the tribe’s casino.
The tribe is partnering with Oak View Group for the $250 million privately funded project.
Free tickets to the groundbreaking can be obtained at www.ticketcactus.com .
Ron Francis, the general manager of the Seattle NHL franchise and the Palm Springs AHL team, was in the desert Monday to get a feel for the community, including a meet and greet with desert hockey fans who have already put a deposit down for season tickets.
He said the groundbreaking will be a moment that will help solidify in everyone’s mind that the hockey team and the new arena are actually coming to Palm Springs.
“We’ve had good response from fans and ticket sales so far and we’re still kind of in the early stage,” Francis said. “Once we get to the point where we do the groundbreaking on the arena and get something sort of tangible like that, that will kind of help (generate excitement for the team) even more.”The goal is for the arena to be completed by September 2021, to be ready for the 2021-22 hockey season. Neither the arena nor […]