GILA RIVER ARENA
Gila River Arena, Arizona’s Premiere Sports & Entertainment Center, is
a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located at Loop 101 and Glendale
Avenue. The arena anchors the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate
Entertainment District, the “crown jewel” of sports and entertainment
complexes. On August 13, 2014, the Coyotes, the Gila River Indian Community
and Gila River Casinos agreed to terms on a nine-year partnership agreement
that includes the naming rights for the venue. This is the first federally
recognized Tribal naming rights deal with a sports venue that houses one of
four major professional sports leagues in the country.
Owned by the City of Glendale, managed by AEG Facilities, Gila River
Arena is home to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Arizona Coyotes and a
multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually. With two separate
concourses on two seating levels, Gila River Arena’s open concourses are
fan-friendly and provide fans with an open view of the ice. The Arena also
features an intimate seating bowl that has all the modern amenities. The
venue seats 17,125 for Coyotes games and both seating levels have been
strategically situated to create great hockey sightlines.
There are 87 luxury suites in Gila River Arena, including two tower suites
and 12 party suites that can accommodate large groups of up to 50 people.
In addition, the Suite Level Club (located on the club suites level) consists
of 400 upscale seats with unique club and dining opportunities. The BMW
Lounge is an upscale private club, open exclusively to season ticket holders.
The Lounge is located directly behind the Coyotes and visiting team player
benches, offering fans unique views of both the Coyotes and visiting team
players as they enter and exit the ice.
Levy Restaurants and the Coyotes continue to elevate the fan experience
year-to-year, evolving menus and leveraging the latest technology and
guest insights to create a dining experience to match the excitement on
the ice. For the 2018-19 season, the culinary team, led by Executive Chef
Charles Kassels, is thrilled to roll out new and enhanced offerings that cover
a broad spectrum of flavor profiles, which will complement the overall
experience at the arena. New items this season include the Kachina Burger,
Hat Trick Dips, Cantina Bowls, Smoke House Favorites, Ahipoke Bowls, Fancy
Ice Cream and the Cheetos Popcorn Cart. Several new beverage items are
available including the Habanero Howler (Habanero mango infused vodka
with lime juice and ginger beer), the Puck Drop (peach infused vodka,
cranberry juice and ginger ale) as well as beers from St. Archer Brewery
and Grand Canyon Brewing Company. Fans can also visit the Dos Equis
Deck, a club style deck located on upper suite level above Gate 4.
Fanatics Retail Group continues to manage the team’s retail store,
the Coyotes Den at Gila River Arena. Fanatics, the leading online retailer
of officially licensed sports merchandise, offers the largest selection of
team merchandise found anywhere along with advanced e-commerce
and fulfillment solutions for hundreds of professional teams and colleges,
leagues, conferences and media sites. The Coyotes Den at Gila River Arena
is open seven days a week.
The Coyotes partnered with the City of Glendale and AEG to purchase
and install a Daktronics high definition centerhung display system and
auxiliary displays at Gila River Arena during the summer of 2018. The
custom-designed video display weighs approximately 56,000 pounds.
The centerhung features a unique open and curved look with four convex
or outward curved high definition video displays along with two lower
sideline facing displays.
The rectangle-shaped centerhung system boasts two displays facing
the sidelines that each measure 24 feet high by 42 feet wide and feature
6-millimeter line spacing that provide 1080p HD imagery. The two displays
facing the goals each measure 16 feet high by 27.5 feet wide and feature
6-millimeter line spacing to provide 720p HD imagery. The centerhung
installation combines for 2,896 square feet of active display area.
Each of these displays can highlight live video and replays but can
also be divided into multiple windows to show any combination of game
information, statistics, animations, sponsor messages and more. Two
additional video displays are angled out from the bottom of the centerhung
configuration to appeal to those fans, players and coaches that are rinkside
and close to the action. Each display measures approximately 8.5 feet high
by 16 feet wide and feature 6-millimeter line spacing.
The building opened on December 26, 2003 with the Arizona Sting’s
inaugural National Lacrosse League (NLL) game. The following night,
December 27, the Coyotes hosted the Nashville Predators in front of a
standing-room only crowd of 19,052 for the inaugural NHL game at Gila
River Arena. The arena has also hosted five NHL Playoff series, including
the 2012 Western Conference Final.
The venue has hosted major acts and numerous sell-outs such as U2,
Drake, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen,
Kenny Chesney, Motley Crue, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift
and the Eagles. Many more A-list acts and major up-and-coming artists
have played the venue including Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Marc Anthony,
Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sam Smith, Barry
Manilow, Bob Segar, and Coldplay.
Gila River Arena has also hosted a variety of live entertainment in recent
years including Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus Live, Smuckers Stars on Ice,
Street League Skateboarding, Nuclear Cowboyz, Professional Bull Riding
(PBR), Boxing, and Rage in the Cage. The arena has brought a number
of family oriented shows to Glendale including the likes of Radio City
Christmas Spectacular, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Sesame Street Live!, the
Harlem Globetrotters and Cirque du Soleil.
Every February, Gila River Arena comes alive with “February Frenzy”, the
Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) high-school tournaments and
state championship for basketball.