GILA RIVER ARENA (originally GLENDALE ARENA and formerly JOBING.COM
ARENA) is a sports and entertainment arena in
Glendale, Arizona . It
is located about 12.5 miles (20.1 km) northwest of downtown Phoenix .
Arizona Coyotes of the
National Hockey League
National Hockey League (NHL) has been the
primary tenant since the building opened on December 26, 2003. It sits
on the north side of West Maryland Avenue across from University of
Phoenix Stadium , home of the
National Football League
National Football League 's (NFL)
Arizona Cardinals . The venue anchors the City of Glendale's Westgate
Entertainment District just east of Arizona Loop 101 .
Arizona Sting also had played four National Lacrosse
League (NLL) seasons at the arena until their 13–11 loss to the
Rochester Knighthawks in the 2007 Champion's Cup game. Negotiations on
a new Collective Bargaining Agreement originally delayed the start of
2008 NLL season , but the Sting did not participate. They
eventually ceased operations in 2009.
Completed at a construction cost of US$220 million, it seats 17,125
for hockey and lacrosse , 18,300 for basketball and about 19,000 for
concert events. The arena has 3,075 club seats and 87 luxury suites
(including two Luxury Tower Suites). It also features a completely
integrated video, scoring and advertising system from
* 1 History
* 2 Naming rights
* 3 Other events
* 4 References
* 5 External links
Arena before a Coyotes game; from south end, looking
north Gila River
Arena before a Coyotes game; from west side,
The arena's construction broke ground on April 3, 2002 and the
Coyotes moved into the arena in late 2003. Martin/Martin Consulting
Engineers provided structural engineering for the arena. After
Winnipeg on July 1, 1996, the team had spent its first
7½ seasons at America West
Arena (now the
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort Arena
) 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
Pepsi Center in 1999, and the Toronto Maple Leafs
moved from the
Maple Leaf Gardens
Maple Leaf Gardens to
Air Canada Centre
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, the venue
opened midway through the
2003–04 NHL season
2003–04 NHL season as the Glendale Arena
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,
The arena was originally scheduled to receive the 2006 National
Hockey League All-Star Game . However, the new NHL Collective
Bargaining Agreement signed following the 2004–05 lockout cancelled
the game, as 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. Many expected Glendale to gain
2009 NHL All-Star Game as compensation; however, the Montreal
Canadiens and their arena,
Bell Centre , were awarded the 2009
All-Star Game to celebrate the team\'s centennial . Jobing.com Arena
then was awarded the 2011 edition , but due to the ongoing bankruptcy
case, potential ownership changes in the Coyotes organization, and the
possibility of relocation, the NHL decided to reopen bidding to host
the game, which went on to the
Carolina Hurricanes '
RBC Center .
The Coyotes' current owners, IceArizona, are still interested in
getting an All-Star Game in Glendale.
Beginning in 2005, the venue 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
Arizona Sting did not play after the 2007 season and fully ceased
operations in 2009.
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 Jobing.com
Arena with a
4-game sweep of the Coyotes by the Detroit Red Wings.
The arena saw extra action during the
2011–12 NHL season
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
Winnipeg playoff series of giving fans white T-shirts to
wear for the games.
Arizona Coyotes missed the playoffs during the next 3 seasons,
concluding the second half of the 2014–2015 season with a NHL worst
record of 8–29–4. Losses mounted toward the $50 million, 5-year
out clause for the Coyotes. Coyotes ownership continued to revolve, as
Philadelphia hedge fund manager
Andrew Barroway was announced as the
new majority owner in December 2014, only to back out as majority
owner less than 6 months later. Losses for the City of Glendale on the
arena management agreement continued to run at nearly $10 million
On June 10, 2015, the Glendale City Council voted to terminate the
arena contract with IceArizona. Mayor Jerry Weiers, Vice Mayor Ian
Hugh and council members Jamie Aldama, Lauren Tolmachoff, and Bart
Turner cited conflict of interest laws asserted to apply to Craig
Tindall, former Glendale city attorney. Tindall was hired by
IceArizona about seven weeks after the city originally approved the
IceArizona contract. Councilmen Samuel Chavira and Gary Sherwood
opposed voiding the contract. IceArizona has threatened legal action
against the city. On July 27, a new deal was arranged where
Glendale's management deal was reduced from $15 to $6.5 million per
year, while the Coyotes would get all the ticket and ancillary revenue
from hockey and concerts at Gila River
Arena for up to two years.
Naming rights to the arena were initially held by Jobing.com—a
Phoenix-based employment website —under a 10-year, $30 million deal
established in October 2006.
On August 13, 2014, the Coyotes terminated their naming rights deal
with Jobing.com, and announced a new nine-year naming rights and
sponsorship deal with
Gila River Casinos —a group of tribal casinos
controlled by the
Gila River Indian Community . No financial terms
were announced. Team CEO Anthony LeBlanc described the new naming
rights deal as the "most significant deal" made by the team under its
new IceArizona ownership. With the deal, the Gila River community
became the first federally recognized Native American tribe to hold a
naming rights deal with a venue for one of the major North American
professional sports leagues .
The first musical concert at the then-Glendale
Arena was by Bette
Midler on February 13, 2004. While the arena gets fewer events than
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort
Arena in Phoenix, Gila River
Arena averages 14
non-hockey events per year. During
Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl XLIX at nearby
University of Phoenix Stadium , the Gila River
Arena hosted a "Super
Bowl Club" hospitality event prior to the game.
In July 2016, the
Arizona Rattlers announced their playoffs schedule
plans which included moving the Arenabowl to Gila River
Arena due to
scheduling conflicts with their usual home
Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The game became official on August 13 when the Rattlers won the
National Conference Championship and clinched home field advantage for
the Arenabowl. On August 26, 2016, the arena officially hosted
ArenaBowl XXIX , which featured the
Philadelphia Soul and the Arizona
Rattlers in front of 13,390 fans. This not only became the first
Rattler home game to take place outside of their original home but
became the first ever event at Gila River
Arena to be broadcast across
the country on
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Bette Midler wows Glendale
* ^ Glendale\'s Gila River
Arena concert attendance short of