AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of the world’s leading sports, venue and live entertainment company AEG, announced today that the City of Glendale has extended the company’s contract to manage Gila River Arena, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, for an additional five years thru June 30, 2026.
“AEG Facilities has done an exceptional job of overseeing all aspects of the operation of the Gila River Arena,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “From day one, AEG Facilities has provided the arena the best set of resources, operational expertise and economic vision to further the venue’s outstanding reputation. Through our partnership with AEG, we have clearly established Gila River Arena as one of the most important arenas in the region.”
In its two years of partnership with the City of Glendale for management of the arena, AEG Facilities has led the way in securing content such as the return of Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and UFC to the market as well as stops on acclaimed global tours such as Coldplay, Pink, Elton John, Drake, Sam Smith, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Roger Waters, Queen, WWE, Chainsmokers, Panic! at the Disco, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Just this past year alone, the Gila River Arena hosted more concerts, sold more tickets, and accumulated the highest gross ticket sales at the venue since 2009.
“We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Glendale for years to come,” said Dale Adams, General Manager, Gila River Arena and Vice President Event Development, AEG Facilities. “Gila River Arena is a first-class venue that continues to attract the most popular events on tour today.”
AEG Facilities has managed the Gila River Arena’s operations since 2016. During that time, the company has provided such services as event programming and content development, purchasing, vendor venue services, advertising, marketing and event-day operations for the arena. Additionally, AEG Facilities has implemented its industry-leading proprietary initiatives at Gila River Arena including AEG S.A.F.E., AEG 1Source, AEG 1EARTH, AEG 1Force, AEG Encore and AEG Energy Services.
Glendale’s Gila River Arena anchors by the Westgate Entertainment District and is also adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium.