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Jcomarenalogo.svg Arena, North Entrance, 2005
Former names Glendale Arena (2003–06)
Location 9400 W Maryland Ave
Glendale, AZ 85305
Coordinates 33°31′55″N 112°15′40″W / 33.53194°N 112.26111°W / 33.53194; -112.26111Coordinates: 33°31′55″N 112°15′40″W / 33.53194°N 112.26111°W / 33.53194; -112.26111
Broke ground April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03)
Opened December 26, 2003 (2003-12-26)
Owner City of Glendale
Operator Global Spectrum and Renaissance Sports and Entertainment[1]
Construction cost $220 million[2]
($282 million in 2014 dollars[3])
Architect Populous[4]
Project manager ICON Venue Group[5]
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates, Inc.[6]
Services engineer Syska Hennessy Group, Inc.[7]
General contractor Perini Building Company[8]
Capacity 19,000
Website Venue Website
Arizona Coyotes (NHL) (2003–Present)
Arizona Sting (NLL) (2003–07)

The Arena (formerly Glendale Arena) is a sports and entertainment arena in Glendale, Arizona. It is located 12½ miles northwest of downtown Phoenix.

Completed in 2003 at a construction cost of $220 million, it seats 17,125 for hockey and lacrosse, 18,300 for basketball and about 19,000 for concert events. The arena contains 3,075 club seats and 87 luxury suites. It also features a completely integrated video, scoring and advertising system from Daktronics.[9]

It is home to the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and was home to the now-defunct Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

It sits on the north side of West Maryland Avenue across from University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the National Football League's (NFL) Arizona Cardinals.

The venue is part of the Westgate City Center entertainment and retail complex, funded by New York architect Ron Elsensohn.

History[edit] Arena during a Coyotes game; from south end, looking north Arena during a Coyotes game; from west side, looking east

The arena's construction broke ground on April 3, 2002 and the Coyotes moved into the arena in late 2003. The team had spent its first 7½ seasons since relocating from Winnipeg in 1996 in the America West Arena (now the US Airways Center) in downtown Phoenix. The AWA was not an old arena (it had made its debut as the new home of the NBA's Phoenix Suns only four years earlier, in 1992) but it was primarily designed for NBA basketball. It was quickly retrofitted for hockey. However, the arena floor was just barely large enough to fit a regulation hockey rink, and several seats had badly obstructed views. As a result, before the team's second season in Phoenix, its hockey capacity had to be cut down from over 18,000 seats to just over 16,000—the second-smallest capacity in the NHL at the time. After the Colorado Avalanche moved from McNichols Sports Arena into Pepsi Center in 1999, and the Toronto Maple Leafs moved from the Maple Leaf Gardens to Air Canada Centre later in the same season, America West Arena was the smallest NHL venue. A small section of seats on the lower level actually hung over the boards, obstructing the views for up to 3,000 spectators.

When the Coyotes were sold to a partnership led by Steve Ellman, that group committed to building a new arena in suburban Glendale. With agreements signed with the city of Glendale in 2001, Glendale Arena opened midway through the 2003–04 NHL season, on December 26, 2003, with the Arizona Sting of the National Lacrosse League defeating the Vancouver Ravens, 16–12, the 2004 NLL season opener. The first NHL game was held the next evening, as the Coyotes dropped a 3–1 decision to the Nashville Predators on December 27, 2003. The first goal ever in the arena was scored by Nashville forward Scott Walker. Arena was expected to gain the 2009 NHL All-Star Game after losing the 2006 All-Star Game because of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement ratification in the National Hockey League; however, the Montreal Canadiens and their arena, Bell Centre, were awarded the 2009 All-Star Game.[10] Under the terms of the new agreement, the All-Star Game would not be held during the year of the Winter Olympics in order for players to participate in the Games. Philips Arena in Atlanta, which lost the All-Star Game in 2005 because of the lockout, was awarded the 2008 All-Star Game. As Carolina has been awarded the 2011 All-Star Game, it is unknown whether the All-Star Game will ever be held in Arizona.

Beginning in 2005, Arena has been host to the Arizona state high school basketball, volleyball, wrestling and cheerleading tournaments in a mega-event called "February Frenzy", as the result of a formal agreement between the city of Glendale and the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA).

The Arizona Sting folded after the 2007 season.

Since 2004, the PBR's Built Ford Tough Series bull riding tour has hosted an annual event at this venue (except for 2006 when the event was held at Chase Field).

Prior to the 2009-2010 season, this was the only current NHL arena to have never hosted a playoff game, as the Coyotes' last playoff appearance was in 2002 when they still played home games in downtown Phoenix. However, the team qualified for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, ending that drought. They played the Red Wings and lost the series 4-3. The 2010-2011 Coyotes season ended at Arena with a 4-game sweep of the Coyotes by the Detroit Red Wings. Arena saw extra action during the 2011-12 NHL season as the Coyotes not only qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings in five games. Every home playoff game as in years past featured a "White Out", continuing the tradition of years past in both Phoenix and Winnipeg playoff series of giving fans white T-shirts to wear for the games.

Naming rights[edit]

On October 25, 2006, local online company signed a 10-year, $30 million naming rights deal; becoming effective January 1, 2007.[11]


  1. ^ "Coyotes Purchased by IceArizona, Will Change Name to Arizona Coyotes After Next Season". New England Sports Network. Fenway Sports Group/Delaware North. August 5, 2013. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Flannery, Pat (December 27, 2003). "Today's the Day. This Is Just the Beginning: A Milestone in West Side's Rise". The Arizona Republic (Phoenix). Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Arena architect: Populous
  5. ^ " Arena". ICON Venue Group. December 26, 2003. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ "JAMA / Sports & Recreation". John A. Martin & Associates Inc. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Creating Exceptional Environments". Syska Hennessy Group, Inc. Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ " Arena". Retrieved August 24, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Daktronics Photo Gallery: Arena". 
  10. ^ TSN: NHL - Canada's Sports Leader
  11. ^ ", Glendale Arena deal confirmed". Phoenix Business Journal. American City Business Journals. October 25, 2006. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 

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Preceded by
America West Arena
Home of the
Phoenix Coyotes

2003 – Present
Succeeded by