Arizona State University and Sun Devil Athletics announced Wednesday that construction is set to begin for its new Multi-Purpose Arena starting in January of 2021.
The new arena will be used to host university and community events and serve as the future home for Sun Devil men’s ice hockey, wrestling and women’s gymnastics. It will be located south of Rio Salado Parkway on the east side of Packard Drive, immediately north of the existing Packard Drive Parking Structure.
The 5,000-seat venue will be managed and operated by Oak View Group, with SCI Architects having designed the arena, and Mortenson Construction serving as the construction manager at risk.
“Mortenson is proud to partner with Arizona State University to bring their vision to life,” said Vice President, General Manager at Mortenson Ben Goetter. “This is a momentous time for these programs, and we are excited to play a part in this transformational project. Together, with Arizona State University and our partners, we have worked hard to get to where we are today and we are excited to break ground.”
The multi-purpose arena will also serve as the university’s public venue where concerts, conferences, youth competitions, educational opportunities, and more will be hosted, according to the university.
The second full-size ice sheet will also be available to students, the community and youth ice hockey programs at every level, ASU said. This will provide an additional public sheet to one of the fastest-growing states for youth hockey participation in the country.
Seating for the arena includes 20 luxury suites, two group suites, a large club lounge and event-level premium club seats, the university said.
A 942-seat student section will also be part of the entire west side of the arena to help offer a better gameday experience for ASU students.
Construction is set to begin next month with its full completion projected for December 2022.