How ASU was ahead of schedule in their new arena with the Coyotes

February 14, 2022;  Tempe, Arizona, United States;  ASU's Multipurpose Arena, where the Arizona Coyotes have a contract for their 2022-2025 home games, is under construction on ASU's Tempe campus.

An ongoing pandemic. problems in the supply chain. The addition of an NHL tenant.

Outside factors threatened the timeline for completing Arizona State’s multi-purpose arena, and it seemed hard to believe that ASU hockey would drop the puck for its first game there on Oct. 14.

However, those who planned the arena did not anticipate the arena’s rapidly changing schedule, which has resulted in the original play date being pushed back from December to October.

They had a backup plan to start the ASU hockey season at Oceanside Arena, where they played, knowing that it would not be easy to accelerate a project that would include a 5,000 seat arena for hockey, wrestling and women’s gymnastics, as well as concerts and other events.

“We expected our first series to be at Oceanside and it will be a bye,” said Frank Ferrara, Sun Devil Athletics CFO. We’ve adapted and started moving our games that were supposed to be played at Oceanside here.”

August 2, 2022: Construction is underway on the ASU Multi-Purpose Arena, which will be the home of ASU hockey, gymnastics and wrestling, as well as the temporary home for the Arizona Coyotes.

One of the biggest challenges during construction came when the Arizona Coyotes asked if they could join the project as a temporary home while their new arena in Tempe was built. After the Coyotes signed a multi-year contract with ASU in February, it was up to the architects and contractors to figure out how to transform the smaller venue into a building fit for the NHL.

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