San Diego is looking for a firm to take over Pechanga Arena operations, as the city issued a request for proposals this week.
Originally opening in 1966, and known as the San Diego Sports Arena throughout much of its history, Pechanaga Arena is currently operated by AEG. It had been in negotiations with city officials in hopes of extending their current arrangement, but the city is now opening the door for other firms to pitch an agreement to take over operations.
An RFP issued on Tuesday seeks a firm to handle operations at the arena. Any agreement with the city would be on a relatively short-term basis–three years maximum–and would call for the prospective operator to maintain similar event types and uses as what the arena currently features.
The city’s decision to issue the RFP does not put AEG out of the running, but it does open the door for other firms–perhaps including H&S Ventures, which owns hockey’s San Diego Gulls (AHL)–to make their cases. More from the San Diego Reader:
Though an aging facility, Pechanga Arena remains active for concerts, indoor sports, and other events. The Gulls have been a major draw there since relocating to San Diego from Norfolk, VA in 2015, when it was one of several AHL clubs that moved from the east coast to the west coast and joined the league’s newly formed Pacific Division.