Mullett Arena
"The Mullett"
Mullett Arena in 2022
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Mullett Arena is located in Maricopa County, Arizona
Mullett Arena
Mullett Arena
Location in Maricopa County
Mullett Arena is located in Arizona
Mullett Arena
Mullett Arena
Location in Arizona
Mullett Arena is located in the United States
Mullett Arena
Mullett Arena
Location in USA
Former namesASU Multi-Purpose Arena (planning/construction)
Address411 S Packard Drive
LocationTempe, Arizona
Coordinates33°25′36″N 111°55′43″W / 33.42667°N 111.92861°W / 33.42667; -111.92861
Public transitValley Metro Rail
Light rail interchange Veterans Way/College Ave
Tempe Streetcar
Light rail interchange Marina Heights/Rio Salado Pkwy
OwnerArizona State University
OperatorOak View Group[1]
Capacity
  • NCAA hockey: 5,000[1]
  • NHL hockey: 4,600
Construction
Broke groundJanuary 2021[1]
BuiltOctober 1, 2022
OpenedOctober 12, 2022
Construction costUS$134 million[2]
ArchitectSCI Architects[1]
BuilderMortenson Construction[1]
Tenants
Arizona State Sun Devils men's ice hockey (NCAA) 2022–present
Arizona State Sun Devils women's ice hockey (ACHA) 2022–present
Arizona State Sun Devils women's gymnastics (NCAA) 2022–present
Arizona State Sun Devils men's wrestling (NCAA) 2022–present
Arizona State Sun Devils women's volleyball (NCAA) 2023–present
Arizona Coyotes (NHL) 2022–present[2]

Mullett Arena (originally ASU Multi-Purpose Arena) is an indoor multipurpose arena at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

The 5,000-seat arena is the home of the men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, women's gymnastics, women's volleyball, and men's wrestling teams. It also serves as a temporary venue for the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes from 2022 through at least 2025, with seating capacity for NHL games capped at 4,600.[3] The facility is owned by Arizona State University and managed by the Oak View Group.

History

In November 2020, the Arizona Board of Regents' finance committee approved plans for a new 5,000-seat on-campus multipurpose arena, which replaced the privately-operated Oceanside Ice Arena, which had been leased by the university long-term, as the Sun Devils men's hockey facility starting in 2022.[4][5][6] It is also used for women's hockey, women's gymnastics, men's wrestling, women's volleyball, and community hockey events.[1]

Mullett Arena from the east end before an Arizona Coyotes game

With their lease agreement at Gila River Arena expiring after the 2021–22 NHL season,[7] the Arizona Coyotes were in talks by January 2022 with Arizona State University to temporarily use the ASU facility for the next 3 to 4 NHL seasons. On February 10, 2022, the Coyotes signed a three-year agreement to play their home games at Mullett Arena, beginning with the 2022–23 NHL season.[8] The additional cost of completing the arena to accommodate the Coyotes was approximately $19.7 million, which was paid by the team.[2] During the Coyotes' tenure in the building, it officially has the lowest permanent seating capacity in the NHL.

On August 23, 2022, Arizona State University unveiled the new facility name as Mullett Arena. It is in honor of Donald and Barbara Mullett, two of the university's benefactors.[9]

On October 14, 2022, the Sun Devils men's hockey team played their first ever game at the arena against the Colgate Raiders. Josh Doan (son of former Coyote Shane Doan) scored the first ever goal in Mullett Arena history. The Sun Devils won the game, 2–0.

Two weeks later (October 28, 2022), the Coyotes' first ever game in front of a sellout crowd of 4,600 at Mullett Arena resulted in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Christian Fischer scored the first and second NHL goals at the arena.[10]

Mountain America Community Iceplex at ASU

Arizona State University announced on March 3, 2022, a multiyear naming rights partnership with Mountain America Credit Union for the ice rink on the west side of Mullett Arena. Officially named as the Mountain America Community Iceplex at ASU, it has a concession stand for hot and cold refreshments and a full hockey pro shop.[11]

For the first four Coyotes home games, temporary locker room accommodations were set up within the confines of Mountain America Community Iceplex for the visiting teams.[12] The Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Dallas Stars used this location during that opening Coyotes homestand.

After that, the Coyotes began a franchise record 14-game road trip while ongoing construction of the annex was officially completed in time for their next scheduled home game (December 9, 2022, against the Boston Bruins). This building will house all on-site NHL training and locker room facilities during the Coyotes' temporary stay at Mullett Arena.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "ASU, SDA Announces Commencement of Multi-Purpose Arena". thesundevils.com. Sun Devil Athletics. December 16, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "New ASU multipurpose arena to host Arizona Coyotes for next several seasons". ASU News. ASU. February 10, 2022. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  3. ^ Resnik, Brahm (February 10, 2022). "Coyotes to use Arizona State's new hockey arena for 3 years". 12news.com. KPNX. Retrieved February 15, 2022. Arizona State University got the go-ahead Thursday to build a $20 million addition that would allow the Arizona Coyotes to use a new campus arena as the NHL team's home for the next three years and possibly longer.
  4. ^ Cameron, Greg (April 1, 2019). "Q&A With ... Arizona State AD Ray Anderson". College Hockey News. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  5. ^ Anderson, Tasha (May 31, 2019). "RFP Issued for New ASU Multi-Purpose Sports Arena". azbex.com. BEX azbex. Retrieved July 13, 2021.
  6. ^ "ASU's plans for new $115 million hockey arena approved by committee". Arizona Sports. November 6, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Report: Coyotes working on deal to play at 5,000-seat arena at ASU". Sportsnet. January 27, 2022. Retrieved January 28, 2022.
  8. ^ "Coyotes to Play at ASU's Multi-Purpose Arena Next Season". Arizona Coyotes (press release). February 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "ASU recognizes Mullett family with naming of new multipurpose arena". ASU News. ASU. August 23, 2022. Retrieved August 23, 2022.
  10. ^ "Winnipeg Jets - Arizona Coyotes - October 28th, 2022". NHL.com. October 28, 2022. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "ASU's New On-Campus Community Iceplex to be Named Mountain America Community Iceplex at ASU". thesundevils.com. Sun Devil Athletics. March 3, 2022. Retrieved March 4, 2022.
  12. ^ Rosen, Dan (October 27, 2022). "Coyotes excited for Mullett opener, expect advantage at intimate new home". NHL.com. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
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Preceded by Home of the
Arizona State Sun Devils men's hockey

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Arizona State Sun Devils women's hockey

2022 – present
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Arizona State Sun Devils women's gymnastics

2022 – present
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Arizona State Sun Devils men's wrestling

2022 – present
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Arizona Coyotes

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