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New Palm Springs arena construction still on schedule

Despite supply-chain issues impacting other arena construction, the new Palm Springs arena hosting the Coachella Valley Firebirds (AHL) is still slated to open before the end of the year.

That opening is likely to happen after the launch of the 2022-2023 AHL season, with a tentative target date of December 2022 (still too early to announce a specific opening date). Arena planning changed a few times between the initial announcement and the groundbreaking–you can read about it here–and with the opening of Savannah’s Enmarket Arena delayed because of supply-chain issues, there was a natural concern that the same issues would impact the new Palm Spring arena construction. But that’s not the case, reports the Desert Sun:

The building is expected to be fully enclosed and weather-tight next month, with the roof in place, which would mark a significant milestone for the project. Construction on the arena began June 2 and the project is nearing the halfway point.

“We’ve made a ton of progress in the last several months and the pace, month-by-month, is pretty dramatic now,” said project manager Mike Arnold, who is overseeing the project for CAA ICON. “The progress for the first half of the construction is really striking.”…

There’s still considerable work to be done and Arnold said that staying ahead of any issues will remain a challenge. In some instances, the contractor has already had to change certain products to prevent construction delays.

Next up on construction: ceiling trusses are on the way, with a roof set to be installed, and interior work kicking up a notch once the ceiling is installed. Meanwhile, we should see an announcement of the arena name, with Oak View Group set to unveil the new moniker Wednesday.

Renderings courtesy Oak View Group.

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