Desert Financial Arena
Then-Wells Fargo Arena, 2005
Desert Financial Arena
Desert Financial Arena
Location in Arizona
Desert Financial Arena
Desert Financial Arena
Location in the United States
Former namesASU Activity Center (1974–97) Wells Fargo Arena (1997–2019)
Address600 E Veterans Way
LocationTempe, Arizona
Coordinates33°25′28″N 111°55′51″W / 33.424524°N 111.930948°W / 33.424524; -111.930948Coordinates: 33°25′28″N 111°55′51″W / 33.424524°N 111.930948°W / 33.424524; -111.930948
OwnerArizona State University
Broke ground1972
OpenedApril 29, 1974[2]
Construction cost$8 million
($49.5 million in 2020 dollars[1])
ArchitectDrover, Welch & Lindlan, Inc.[2]
General contractorOlson Construction Company[2]
Arizona State Sun Devils (NCAA) (1974–present)

Desert Financial Arena[3] (formerly ASU Activity Center and Wells Fargo Arena) is a 14,000-seat[4] multi-purpose arena located at 600 E Veterans Way in Tempe, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. It sits immediately east of Sun Devil Stadium on the northern edge of the Tempe campus of Arizona State University (ASU).

Constructed in the spring of 1974 as the ASU Activity Center and at the cost of $8 million, it is the home of multiple ASU Sun Devil athletic teams, to include men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, women's gymnastics, and men's wrestling. The facility also plays host to graduation ceremonies and a variety of concerts and shows. The building replaced Sun Devil Gym as the primary arena for the Sun Devils' basketball team.

The former naming rights for the arena were purchased by Wells Fargo & Co. in 1997. The current naming rights to arena were purchased by Desert Financial Credit Union in 2019 for $1.5 million for 5 years.[3]


The structure is 403 feet (123 m) long, 340 feet (100 m) wide and six stories high. The structure contains offices and locker rooms for men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball, and the men's and women's track and field team, along with a weight room, coaches and film rooms, and an equipment room.


Led Zeppelin played their third-to-last show as part of their 1977 North American Tour.

During the 1979 NBA Playoffs, the Phoenix Suns defeated the Kansas City Kings in a game which was moved from the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum due to a scheduling conflict.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band performed at the arena on November 5, 1980 during the River Tour. Video and audio of the show were released in 2015 in conjunction with the band's The Ties That Bind commemorative box set, and their performance of "Badlands" was included on 1986's Live 1975–85 album.

The arena hosted the first dates of U2's Joshua Tree Tour in March 1987, with the tour eventually concluding next door at Sun Devil Stadium in December of that year.

It hosted the 1990 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball tournament. Previously, the Sun Devils played at Sun Devil Gym.

The arena has also hosted the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in both 2015 and 2016.

See also


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  2. ^ a b c "ASU Tempe Campus Buildings Survey, 1960-2007" (PDF). Arizona State University. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Staff, Arizona's Family Digital News. "ASU's Wells Fargo Arena getting new name". AZFamily. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  4. ^ Haller, Doug (December 4, 2010). "ASU Reduces Capacity at Wells Fargo Arena". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix. Retrieved December 15, 2010.