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How ASU moved ahead of schedule in its new arena with the Coyotes

An ongoing pandemic. Supply chain issues. The addition of an NHL tenant.

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

However, those planning the arena didn’t anticipate the rapidly-moving timeline for the arena, which has resulted in the initial game date of December being moved up to October.

They had a backup plan to start the ASU hockey season at Oceanside Arena, where it has been playing, knowing it wouldn’t be easy speeding up a project that includes a 5,000-seat arena for hockey, wrestling and women’s gymnastics, along with concerts and other events.

“We anticipated our first series being at Oceanside and it being a farewell,” Sun Devil Athletics CFO Frank Ferrara said. “As the months went by, construction was always on budget, but it kept getting ahead of schedule. We adjusted and started moving our games that were going to be at Oceanside to here.”

August 2nd, 2022: Construction is ongoing at the ASU multi-purpose arena, which will be the home of ASU hockey, gymnastics, and wrestling, along with the temporary home for the Arizona Coyotes.

One of the biggest challenges faced in construction was when the Arizona Coyotes inquired about joining the project as a temporary home while their new arena is built in Tempe. Once the Coyotes signed a multi-year deal with ASU in February, it was then up to the architects and contractors to figure out how to make the smaller venue into a building fit for the NHL.

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