Acrisure Arena, the world-class venue designed specifically for Coachella Valley, is marking a major milestone of construction with its “Topping Out” beam placement on the more than 300,000 square-foot venue. There are roughly 5,100 structural steel pieces totaling 2,737 tons of structural steel. There are four (4) box trusses that make up the Arena high roof ranging in weight from 156 tons to 237 tons for a total of 809 tons. The Topping Out beam indicates the steel-framing structural phase of a project is complete. To celebrate this major construction milestone, Acrisure Arena hosted a Topping Out Ceremony on the morning of Wednesday, February 16.
Traditional “topping out” ceremonies on construction sites have a centuries-old history with a tree affixed to the final beam as a symbol to show no structure is taller [in spirit] than a tree. In modern times, the topping out ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate the construction workers and thank them for their contributions to a safe jobsite. The landmark occasion was commemorated when ironworkers placed one of the final steel beams on the 11,500+ seat venue in the attendance of the construction and design team and Acrisure Arena key stakeholders. This event and the signing of the beam symbolized a celebration of all the hard-working men and women that took part in constructing Acrisure Arena over the past year.
Since starting construction in June 2021, more than 160 workers have been on-site each day with 43 separate subcontractors working on the Arena. The project is privately funded at no risk to Riverside County taxpayers. Construction of the new arena is expected to create hundreds of permanent and temporary jobs for the community. Additionally, during construction, more than 75% of labor has been sourced from Riverside County.
Acrisure Arena will be located in the heart of the Coachella Valley on 43.35 acres of land at I-10 and Cook Street, land owned by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation. The arena will be more than 300,000 square feet and feature 11,500 seats, including modern suites and four premium hospitality clubs available only to 920 Premium Seats and Suite ticketholders. It will be the home of the Seattle Kraken’s American Hockey League (AHL) team, the Coachella Valley Firebirds, and include an adjoining facility that will serve as a year-round community gathering space and the training center for the AHL team.