In the heat of a desert June day, ground has been broken near the Classic Club at Cook Street and Varner Road for a new ice hockey arena.


It’ll be a home to a minor league hockey team in 2022, and will also host concerts and other events.


The Coachella Valley Arena is a collaborative between Oak View Group and The Berger Foundation.


When plans fell through to build the arena in a congested neighborhood in Palm Springs, the developers moved their plan east to unincorporated county land just north of Interstate 10 near Cook Street.


Artists rendering of proposed new ice hockey arena in Thousand Palms CA

Photo from Oak View Group, Scoop Marketing.