PALM SPRINGS — What do you think of the new downtown arena that will house professional hockey, music events, and other sporting events? Do you have concerns or questions? Now is the time to air them.

Palm Springs residents and business owners are welcome to share their input regarding the new downtown arena being developed on Agua Caliente Tribal land at a special City Council meeting on Thursday, Dec. 5.

The 6 p.m. meeting at the Palm Springs Convention Center, 277 N. Avenida Caballeros, will be the only opportunity for the community to share input on important issues such as parking and traffic mitigation related to the arena project, located on the northeast corner of North Calle Encilia and East Amado Road. Representatives from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are expected to join the City Council for the meeting.

The Downtown Arena, under development in partnership with the Oakview Group, will be the home of a new American Hockey League team franchise and is expected to host other sporting events as well as live music concerts, featuring major artists. In 2021, the Coachella Valley will get its first professional sports team. The American Hockey League has awarded its 32nd franchise to Palm Springs, which will take the ice  at the New Downtown Arena at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs.

Public comment is desired and welcome. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to share their input via email to All comments will be shared with the Agua Caliente Tribal Council.

In addition, citizens can watch the meeting live on Palm Springs Community Television Channel 17 and online at Citizens can review the “Arena Project Report” on the front page of the City’s website under “In the Spotlight.”


Image Sources

  • Hockey Arena Exterior: The Fearey Group for NHL Seattle