by Publisher CoachellaValley | June 2, 2021 8:06 pm
The Oak View Group (OVG) and Berger Foundation officially broke ground on the highly anticipated 10,000+ seat, 300,000 square foot arena in Thousand Palms Wednesday afternoon.
Construction on the $300 million, 10,000+ seat arena is expected to be complete by Fall of 2022. It will be built on 43-acres of unincorporated land in Thousand Palms just north of the I-10 freeway next to the Classic Club Golf Course.
Officials said the arena will bring host AHL hockey games, concerts, conventions, UFC, boxing, and WWE events.
“This is the place people love coming to,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of developer Oak View Group.
Joe Walsh of the legendary Eagles, was the special surprise guest, speaking about the importance of the arena to the music scene hear in the Coachella Valley.
“I’ve seen the valley grow, I’ve seen the music get better, slowly but through the years and I truly think at this point, what the Coachella Valley needs is a world-class venue,” Walsh said.
Walsh ended by suggesting that he and the Eagles would love to play on opening night.
The Coachella Valley Arena will be a state-of-the-art facility that will host concerts and entertainment events, as well as serve as the home of an AHL hockey team, the affiliate for the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken.
More than 100 people attended the ceremony, including Tim Leiweke, the chief executive of OVG and music mogul Irving Azoff, a founding partner of OVG. Paul Tollett, the president and chief executive of Goldenvoice, philanthropist Harold Matzner, former Palm Springs mayor Robert Moon, Riverside County Supervisor V. Manuel Perez, Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joe Walsh of the Eagles were in attendance.
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