Desert Diamond Arena Events
You’ll always find an exciting variety of events at the Desert Diamond Arena. Based in Glendale, AZ, the Desert Diamond Arena has changed its primary focus from ice hockey to music and crowd-pulling shows. You can attend live concerts and seasonal shows here, circuses, monster trucks and rodeos, martial arts and boxing, or WWE wrestling. Just have a look through the Desert Diamond Arena Schedule to see what’s coming up.
Latest schedule of events for the Desert Diamond Arena (formerly known as the Gila River Arena) in Glendale, Arizona. View listings and purchase tickets for the upcoming events.
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The wide range of events at Desert Diamond Arena means that many configurations of seating and staging are employed. Big public events use the all-round stadium seating, while concerts may have a stage set up in the middle or at one end.
What to expect at Desert Diamond Arena concerts
When you go to Desert Diamond Arena concerts, you’ll find yourself in Glendale’s Westgate Entertainment District. There’s plenty of parking in and around the arena, but you can sometimes wait a long time to get in or out unless you’ve prepaid. See our Parking page for more detailed advice.
The food concessions at Desert Diamond Arena are pricey, but have been updated to include local favorites like Gadzooks’ tacos and soups. You’ll be right next to the Westgate Entertainment District and the Tanger Outlet, so you’ll find lots of options roundabout.
The sound system was not expressly designed for music concerts, but the sound is generally good and doesn’t suffer from the echo that you’ll often find at this type of venue. Some visitors have also reported that it can get cold in the top levels of seating, so remember to bring a jacket or wrap.
Recent concert-goers have expressed concerns about lax security inside the arena, with people struggling to get and retain their designated seats. Upcoming renovations are expected soon that will improve the overall entertainment experience at Desert Diamond Arena, including the sound.
Famous performers at Desert Diamond Arena
Desert Diamond Arena is a popular venue for all types of events, from WWE wrestling to live music concerts. The first artistes to headline at the original Glendale Arena were Bette Midler, Prince, Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Usher and Toby Keith. Since then, a fantastic array of famous musicians appeared at the former Gila River Arena, including Elton John, Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish, Mötley Crüe, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and many, many more. See all past events here at the Desert Diamond Arena past events archive.