The ASM Global operated Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona is in line for a major redevelopment.
Architectural firm HOK has been selected to design the arena’s revitalisation and will work closely with ASM’sdesign team.
The arena, which is owned by the city and anchors the vibrant 223-acre Westgate Entertainment District, was built as a multipurpose facility and housed the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes Hockey team.
The Coyotes will no longer play at the arena after their current season ends this year.
Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps said:
We are incredibly excited about the bright future as we look to how we evolve the facility and reinvent how people experience Gila River Arena. Bringing in the expertise of an industry leader like HOK is critical for providing more opportunities for the venue to reach its full potential.
Phelps says the modernisation will position Glendale to aggressively attract national and international acts. He added:
Our work together with ASM Global’s design team and HOK will help define the next generation of entertainment experiences in Glendale as we serve our community, region and visitors. We know that if we do it right, we can create a highly integrated venue that will make waves in the marketplace, exceeding performer and spectator expectations.
ASM president and CEO Ron Bension said:
The entertainment industry has changed dramatically since Gila River Arena opened its doors in 2003. The renovations will ensure—as is the case with the entire ASM global portfolio—that Gila is a world-class choice with cutting-edge technology and updated amenities for guests.
Chuck Steedman, executive vice president of strategy and development for ASM Global, said:
We worked with HOK on many other arena projects, so we know they bring the expertise and share Glendale’s vision for the arena as a premier destination for live entertainment in the metropolitan area. We know HOK can deliver a world-class design for the city, allowing the arena to provide a tremendous and ongoing catalyst to the Westgate Entertainment District, the city and the entire valley.
HOK has been responsible for some of the most significant innovations in the sports, entertainment and hospitality industries.
HOK demonstrated that during a rigorous and competitive selection process, it is both creatively and technically adept to achieve Glendale’s goal of reimagining Gila River Arena once it no longer serves as a hockey venue.
Rashed Singaby, principal and senior project designer at HOK, said:
Gila River Arena has long been a vital contributor to the city of Glendale’s culture and economy. We’re looking forward to collaborating with the city and ASM Global to reimagine the arena for future fans and spectators while ensuring it remains a vibrant entertainment destination for the region.
ASM and HOK have successful track records of elevating existing facilities with a “wow” factor, while incorporating current and future thinking around the guest experience, fan amenities, back-of-house infrastructure, and food and beverage options.
ASM’s T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, located in the Power & Light Entertainment District, is just one example. ASM utilized HOK as one of the lead architectural design firms involved in building the T-Mobile Center in 2007. The venue was a key component in the dramatic transformation of Kansas City’s downtown, which is now a destination for visitors and point of pride for the city. Steedman added:
Both the T-Mobile Center and Gila River Arena are the vibrant hearts and anchors within their respective entertainment districts. Even without a professional sports franchise anchor tenant, the T-Mobile Center is thriving and attracting the biggest live entertainment and concerts in the world.
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