Gila River Arena, formerly known as Jobing.com Arena (2006-2014) and, before that, Glendale Arena (2003-2006), is the home of the Arizona Coyotes NHL hockey club, the team formerly called the Phoenix Coyotes.
From time to time, the arena hosts concerts. The venue can hold up to 17,125 for hockey and lacrosse, 18,300 for basketball and about 19,000 for concert events. The arena has 3,075 club seats and 87 luxury suites (including two Luxury Tower Suites).
It is located immediately adjacent to the Westgate Entertainment District and University of Phoenix Stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play NFL football. Tanger Outlets is located nearby. Gila River Arena is located in Glendale, Arizona, about 15 miles west of Phoenix.
The arena is conveniently located off the Loop 101 Agua Fria Freeway. The arena is not accessible by Valley Metro Rail.
Events and Tickets
As a multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility located within the 223-acre Westgate Entertainment District, it is not only the home of the Arizona Coyotes but hosts concerts and family shows, as well as signature sporting events like figure skating, basketball tournaments, and All-Star games.
Where to Get Tickets
You have several options for buying tickets, some more reliable than others. And, in some cases, more expensive than others.
- Gila River Arena Ticket Office: 9400 W. Maryland Ave, Glendale, Arizona
- Scalpers or ticket exchanges, in some cases this may be a way for you to find rare or cheaper tickets, but you must beware of fake tickets. Some of the more reputable online ticket exchanges and aggregators include StubHub. TicketsNow, and SeatGeek.
Which are the best seats for hockey? Many people like to be right at center ice, where they can be certain to see the action at both ends of the ice. Some people like to be right on the ice where they can pound on the glass and "express themselves" to the hockey players.
While exciting to be right on top of the action if you are right at the wall, you will be at a disadvantage for getting a good luck at the whole game. At the Gila River Arena, corner sections like 105, 107, 116, or 118, are great since you do not have to keep whipping your head back and forth like a tennis match, to watch the action. Also, it is best to be at least 10 rows up from the ice for a better view of the other end.
Gila River Arena also hosts several major concerts and events throughout the year. For those shows, there will be more seats, located in the center where the ice would normally be for hockey. Depending on the performer or show, the setup may have a stage position at one far end or a stage on the floor in the middle of the arena. If you are looking for performance tickets, take a look at the online seating chart provided by the performers before deciding on which tickets to buy.