SoCal Arena Gets Builder

The City Council in Ontario, Calif., chose Glendale-based PCL Construction Services to help build a planned 10,500-seat community events center that will be operated by Anschutz Entertainment Group.

AEG was selected in August to operate the events center. It plans to bring concerts and family shows to the facility.

The deal struck between Ontario and AEG includes a guarantee of at least $1 million to the city annually for 10 years, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. AEG will cover any operating losses and the city will retain ownership of the land and facility.

Ontario will reportedly cover the cost of building the arena, which currently has a price tag of about $55 million. Naming rights have not been sold.

PCL oversaw the development of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and is credited with the innovative use of precast concrete to build the 20,000-capacity venue in just 18 months, according to the Daily Bulletin.

The construction firm reportedly joins project architect Rossetti and Associates, which is responsible for designing AEG’s Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Rossetti and Associates also did work on Detroit’s Ford Field and the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The proposed venue is anticipated to be part of a larger “urban village,” which will include office buildings, condos, retail stores, a health club and a luxury hotel, the paper said. In addition, Hollywood producer Barry Kemp plans to bring a minor league hockey team to the center once it opens.