Oak View Group will manage Arizona State’s $115-million multi-purpose arena that will serve as the home for ASU hockey, wrestling, and gymnastics.
The California-based company also will manage the $250-million Legacy Sports Park in Mesa, which broke ground in September.
ASU’s new 5,000-seat arena, located in the Novus Innovation Corridor east of Sun Devil Stadium across Packard Drive, was approved last month by the Arizona Board of Regents. Construction is scheduled to begin in January with full completion in December 2022.
ASU’s athletics department revealed more details about the arena and renderings on Wednesday. It is designed by SCI Architects and will be built by Mortenson Construction.
The arena includes an adjacent community ice rink and will be a public venue for concerts, conferences, youth competitions and other events. The second full-size ice sheet will be available to students and youth hockey programs.
“This venue will not only provide an elite athlete experience but will be an asset to our community,” said Ray Anderson, ASU vice president for athletics. “There has been so much work done behind the scenes to get to this point, and we look forward to debuting it to our fans and the local community.”
Peter Luukko, Oak View Group chairman, said, “We look forward to working with Ray and his ASU athletics department in creating an electrifying atmosphere inside the new ASU multi-purpose arena.”
Oak View Group’s recent projects include NHL arena development for the New York Islanders and expansion Seattle Kraken and with the University of Texas on a new basketball arena.
“This is a monumental time for these programs,” said Ben Goetter, Mortenson vice president. “We are excited to play a part in this transformational project.”
The arena includes 20 luxury suites, two group suites, a club lounge, and premium club seats. The club lounge can host up to 500 fans in a Center Ice Club on the main concourse. The 300 level of the arena includes a social deck on the east side with an open-air, aerial view of the arena. There will be a 942-seat student section on the west side.
An ASU locker room, weight room, coaching office, and lounge will be on the north side. Eight additional locker rooms will be on the west side between the main arena and community ice sheet for visiting teams, youth programs, ASU club teams and events.
The arena also will be a backup venue for ASU hardwood sports such as volleyball and basketball.
The arena location is adjacent to Sun Angel Track Stadium, which along with the Whiteman Tennis Center will eventually be moved to the athletic complex on the east side of Rural Road. A timetable for the new track and tennis stadiums is not yet established but will coincide with continued Novus Innovation Corridor development.
The arena will be financed through bonds over a 30-year term, using facility revenue, donations and athletic facility district revenues to fund the debt service.
“It’s really impressive to get this done during a pandemic,” ASU hockey coach Greg Powers said. “It speaks volumes to how committed ASU is to hockey. The sky is the limit for our program. This arena changes everything.”
ASU hockey currently plays home games off-campus at Oceanside Ice Arena. The Sun Devils are expected to use the new arena for their entire 2022-23 season.
ASU qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 2018-19 and would have made the field again in 2019-20 had the championships not been canceled due to COVID-19. This season, the independent Sun Devils are playing all their games on the road against Big Ten teams, again because of the pandemic.