Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe, Arizona)

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For the arena of this name in Des Moines, Iowa, see Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines). For the arena in Philadelphia formerly known as Wachovia Center, see Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia).
Wells Fargo Arena
Former names ASU Activity Center (1974–1997)
Location 600 East Veterans Way
Tempe, AZ 85287
Coordinates 33°25′28″N 111°55′51″W / 33.424524°N 111.930948°W / 33.424524; -111.930948Coordinates: 33°25′28″N 111°55′51″W / 33.424524°N 111.930948°W / 33.424524; -111.930948
Owner Arizona State University
Operator Arizona State University
Capacity 10,754 (2010–present)
13,947 (2007–2010)
14,198 (1997–2007)
14,287 (1981–1997)
14,227 (1974–1980)
Broke ground 1972
Opened April 29, 1974[2]
Construction cost $8 million
($38.4 million in 2015 dollars[1])
Architect Drover, Welch & Lindlan, Inc.[2]
General contractor Olson Construction Company[2]
Arizona State Sun Devils (NCAA) (1974–present)

Wells Fargo Arena (formerly ASU Activity Center) is a 10,754-seat[3] multi-purpose arena at 634 E Veterans Way in Tempe, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona.

Constructed in the spring of 1974 as the ASU Activity Center and at the cost of $8 million, the facility also plays host to graduation ceremonies and a variety of concerts and shows. The building replaced Sun Devil Gym as the primary arena for the Sun Devils' basketball team.

Naming rights for the arena were purchased by Wells Fargo & Co. in 1997.


The structure is 403 feet long, 340 feet wide and six stories high. The structure contains offices and locker rooms for Arizona State basketball teams, along with space for weight training, a training room and an equipment room.


It is home to multiple Arizona State University athletics teams including men's and women's basketball as well as volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling.[4]

Led Zeppelin played their third-to-last show as part of their 1977 North American Tour

It hosted the 1990 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball tournament. Previously, the Sun Devils played at Sun Devil Gym.


  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "ASU Tempe Campus Buildings Survey, 1960-2007" (PDF). Arizona State University. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Haller, Doug (December 4, 2010). "ASU Reduces Capacity at Wells Fargo Arena". The Arizona Republic (Phoenix). Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Wells Fargo Arena, Ned Wulk Court". Arizona State Athletics. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 

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