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The AHL’s 32nd Team will Face the Tucson Roadrunners on Sunday, December 18 at 6:00PM at the New Venue

PALM DESERT, CA (July 20, 2022) – The Coachella Valley Firebirds, AHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, have announced the home opener for their inaugural season will take place on Sunday, December 18 at Acrisure Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT.

Acrisure Arena, the newest world-class concert and sports venue will open its doors to Firebirds fans for the very first time as the team goes head-to-head with the Tucson Roadrunners, the AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes. This will be the fifth matchup of the season between Pacific Divisional foes Coachella Valley and Tucson.

The Firebirds will already have played 21 games by the time of the home opener, including four games in the Seattle area. Coachella Valley’s December 18 matchup against the Roadrunners welcomes the Firebirds faithful at the brand-new facility for the very first time.

Fans are encouraged to keep an eye out for more exciting news and events leading up to and surrounding the evening.

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About the Coachella Valley Firebirds

The Coachella Valley Firebirds are the AHL’s 32nd Franchise and the affiliate of the Seattle Kraken. The team is set to play its inaugural season in 2022-2023 at the Acrisure Arena. Visit for the latest news and information.

About Acrisure Arena 

America’s hottest music festival destination is finally getting the world-class arena it deserves. Opening in December 2022, the Acrisure Arena will provide the greater Palm Springs area of Southern California with a premiere 11,000+ seat venue to host the biggest artists and acts on the planet. Designed specifically for hockey and concerts, the new arena will provide top-tier hospitality, artist amenities, and all of the benefits of a modern music and sports venue. In addition, the facility will serve as the new home of the American Hockey League affiliate of the Seattle Kraken.

Acrisure Arena is a $300+ million project that is being 100% privately funded through outstanding partners Oak View Group, Seattle Kraken, and Live Nation. Learn more at and follow Acrisure Arena on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

About the Seattle Kraken

The Seattle Kraken are the National Hockey League’s newest franchise, recently completed their inaugural season at Climate Pledge Arena. Visit for the latest news and information including press releases, multimedia content and the latest hires.

Media Contacts:

Sam Threadgill

Scoop Marketing for Oak View Group, Acrisure Arena, Coachella Valley Firebirds

(818) 761-6100

Evan Pivnick

Director of Broadcast & Communications for Coachella Valley Firebirds