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Gila River Arena


The arena anchors the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the "crown jewel" of sports and entertainment complexes.


Gila River Arena has hosted numerous world-class concerts and events since opening in December 2003.
Some of the music industry’s top performers were welcomed to Glendale in the arena’s inaugural year including Prince, Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Britney Spears, and Usher. In addition to past awards, Gila River Arena won the New Times “Best of Phoenix” award this in 2018, as well as Facilities & Event Management Mag-azine’s Prime Site Award. The venue has hosted major
acts and numerous sell-outs such as U2, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney, Motley Crue, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Eagles. The Arena hosted the 2019 Indoor Football League United Bowl Championship game and the ArenaBowl XXIX in 2016.





  • Gila River Arena has also hosted a variety of live entertainment in recent years including Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, Smuckers Stars on Ice, Street League Skateboarding, Nuclear Cowboyz, Professional Bull Riding (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).
  • The arena has brought a number of family-oriented shows to Glendale including the likes of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nickelodeon Story Time Live!, Sesame Street Live!, the Harlem Globetrotters and Cirque du Soleil.
  • In 2018, the arena purchased The Daktronics, a high definition center-hung display system totaling 2,896 square feet of active display area. Each of the displays can highlight live video and replays but can also be divided into multiple windows to show any combination of game information, statistics, animations, sponsor messages or more.
  • Every February, Gila River Arena comes alive with “February Frenzy”, the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) high-school tournaments and state championship for basketball.


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