AHL Approves Palm Springs Expansion For Seattle Affiliate; New 10,000 Seat Arena To Be Built

Rendering: AHL Palm Springs

American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer David Andrews announced today that the AHL Board of Governors has awarded an expansion franchise to NHL Seattle and Oak View Group.

The AHL’s 32nd team will be located in Palm Springs, Calif., and will begin play as the primary development affiliate of the NHL’s expansion Seattle franchise in the fall of 2021. (More from AHL here)

AHL Palm Springs also launched a ticket drive for season ticket deposits Monday. Season ticket deposits are available on Ticketmaster. Deposits are $100 for general seats and $250 for club seats.

The Palm Springs team will play at a new arena on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation in downtown Palm Springs. The $250-million, 10,000-seat downtown Palm Springs arena on tribal land will open in September 2021, prior to the start of the season. (More on new arena here)

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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