Everything to Know About the New Acrisure Arena

DWA Team


Palm Springs/Coachella Valley is already known as an entertainment hot spot, and things got even hotter when the Acrisure Arena opened in December 2022 in Thousand Palms. Acrisure Arena is a multipurpose venue that has a capacity of more than 11,000 and hosts concerts, professional ice hockey, and many other events.

Acrisure Arena has already hosted world-class concerts in the few months it has been open, with many more to come. Palm Springs has long been one of the favorite playgrounds of the Hollywood elite as well as other celebrities, and Acrisure Arena has expanded that footprint in the entertainment and sports world. While the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and the Stagecoach country music festival have been staples for years at the outdoor Empire Polo Club, the addition of the Acrisure Arena fills a void for year-round indoor sports and entertainment.

Acrisure Arena was ultimately designed for hockey and concerts, but it will be perfect for many other events over the years, helping assure that people who live in the Coachella Valley have musical acts and events come to them rather than them having to make the drive into the Los Angeles area or San Diego. Acrisure Arena has all the top amenities and hospitality for both fans and performers.

Living in the desert

Attending concerts and hockey games at Acrisure Arena is a great way to acclimate to the valley for people who have recently purchased homes with the help of DW & Associates. It is the latest in a long list of fun options for area residents that include golf, tennis, pickleball, hiking, horseback riding, and relaxing at area spas and resorts. The Coachella Valley is bathed in sunshine some 350 days a year, and when the sun goes down, it’s time to head to Acrisure Arena for some exciting ice hockey or a concert by a big-name musical act.

Great location

Acrisure Arena is located right near the midpoint of the Coachella Valley, making it easy and convenient for residents to drive to games and concerts. Adding to the convenience of getting to and from the arena is the fact that it is located just off Interstate 10, which runs the length of the valley and is the main connector to Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange County, and on into Los Angeles. The main cross street is Cook Street.

Key facts

Ground was broken for Acrisure Arena on June 2, 2021. The topping-out ceremony occurred on Feb. 16, 2022, when the final interior steel beam was hoisted into place by steelworkers from UW433 to mark an important point in construction. The arena opened on Dec. 14, 2022, with a comedy show by Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle. The capacity is 11,679 for concerts, 10,815 for basketball, and 9,918 for hockey.

The arena was designed by world-renowned sports architect Populous and is owned by the Oak View Group. The $290 million cost was privately financed, meaning the project was built at no expense to Riverside County taxpayers. It will create hundreds of full-time and part-time jobs, which will help strengthen the local economy. Acrisure Arena has modern luxury suites available for all events, as well as four premium hospitality clubs that can be used by 920 premium and suite ticket holders. The financial technology company Acrisure paid an undisclosed sum in a 10-year naming rights deal.


Acrisure Arena is the home of the Coachella Valley Firebirds, an expansion team in the American Hockey League (AHL) team that is owned and operated by the NHL’s Seattle Kraken and the Oak View Group. The Firebirds began play in the 2022-23 AHL season and is a developmental team for the Kraken, who started in the National Hockey League in the 2021-22 season and has already established itself as a playoff contender. Fans of the Firebirds get to watch players who will one day be starring in the bright lights of the NHL.

Some people might wonder how an ice hockey team can flourish in the middle of the desert. The Palm Springs area has many residents who spend their winters in the warm desert sun or have relocated from other places in the country, thanks to the great real estate services offered by DW & Associates. Some of these new residents are hockey fans who will spend many nights at Acrisure Arena cheering for their local team while enjoying the fast-paced and exciting game of hockey. Acrisure Arena includes an adjoining community ice skating facility that is open to the public year-round and will allow the Firebirds to train when the arena is being used for other purposes.


Acrisure Arena will keep the musical vibes happening year-round in the Coachella Valley, well beyond the action-packed weekends during the Coachella and Stagecoach festivals. The arena has already hosted concerts by global sensations like Harry Styles and other famous acts such as Maroon 5, the Doobie Brothers, Grupo Firme, Pepe Aguilar, and Reba McEntire. Acrisure Arena has been booked for future concerts by Lizzo, Shania Twain, KISS, and Madonna.

Having a multi-use arena also means that residents will be treated to diverse events such as Stars on Ice, Cirque du Soleil, and even Monster Trucks. Acrisure Arena will bring other large events to the Coachella Valley, such as conventions, trade shows, large meetings, awards shows, and international events.

Partner with a great agent

Acrisure Arena nicely rounds out the desert lifestyle available to people living in the nine Coachella Valley cities. When you’re ready to buy a luxury home in Palm Desert or the surrounding area, let DW & Associates show you why it is one of the top-producing teams in the Palm Desert real estate market!

*Header photo courtesy of Acrisurearena.com