The Desert Sun’s Andrew John just provided an update on the Coachella Valley Arena Project. The new arena, which will serve as the home of the new NHL Seattle Kraken’s minor league affiliate team, will be located on 43.35 acres of unincorporated land near Palm Desert, between Interstate 10 and the Classic Club golf course & clubhouse just west of Cook Street.  Nestled in a grove of palm trees, the site will include more than 3,000 parking spaces, a pedestrian promenade, shade structures, indoor and outdoor concession areas, and an attached practice rink. Inside, seating is projected at 9,918 for hockey, 10,815 for basketball and 11,679 for concerts. The interior of the arena will also include 20 suites that can seat 20 people each, a private club that can seat 145 people, a pair of VIP clubs than can seat 80 people each and a premium concourse club that can seat 590 people. The interior design took inspiration from older mid-century Palm Springs, with murals of mountains, palm trees and swimming pools and giant windows in the bars and concession areas showcasing the mountain views.

The arena is being built by Los Angeles based Oak View Group and partners Live Nation Entertainment and the H. N. & Francis C. Berger Foundation, a local non-profit that owns the land. Total cost is projected at $250 million with ground-breaking scheduled for May 2021 and completion projected for the fourth quarter of 2022.

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