Enjoying the Gila River Arena
Gila River Arena is located in Glendale, AZ, which is part of the Phoenix Metro Area. It mainly serves as the home of Phoenix’s NHL team, the Coyotes. The arena also hosts several concerts and events throughout the year. Past acts include Sam Smith, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and The Smashing Pumpkins. During both concerts and hockey games, it provides a wide selection of food and drink to enjoy. For new mothers there is also a nursing room available that provides privacy and comfort to feed your little one or to give them a break from all the noises and events going on.
Seating: The 18,300-seat capacity is fairly high, but there’s not a bad seat in the house. For concerts, we recommend sitting to either side of the stage in sections 101-104 or 109-112 for the best experience. From sports to classical music to rock, Gila River has something for everyone.
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Gila River Arena Facts
- Location: Glendale, AZ
- Capacity: 18,300
- Walk-ability: 10/10*
- Bag Policy: Gila River recommends limiting the number of items you bring in. The arena feature metal detectors at the gates and all bags are thoroughly searched upon entry. For a full list of prohibited items, visit the A-Z Guide on their website.
- Parking: Westgate has large parking areas to accommodate the entertainment center, and those lots are available during events. Depending on the proximity to the stadium, prices can vary between $10 and $30. If you have a pass or are staying at the Renaissance Hotel, you can park in the garage right next to the arena. Otherwise, parking ranges from $15-$30.
Gila River Arena is unlike most others because it sits inside a massive entertainment complex called Westgate. Westgate offers several choices for dining, shopping, dessert, and even a local brewery. Everything you need is within walking distance including hotels!
Hotels near Gila River Arena:
If you’re looking to pull out all the stops and stay right next to the arena, The Renaissance Phoenix Glendale Hotel and Spa is your spot. The hotel sports its own parking garage, dining options, spa, and a 92% customer recommendation. Rates change based on the season and the event, but you can learn more on their site Here.
If you’re looking for the most affordable hotels near Gila River Arena for your visit, we recommend the Hampton Inn and Suites or the Home2 by Hilton. Both hotels are still only a few minutes walk away from the arena and provide all the amenities you need for your stay at a lower price. The Hampton Inn is known to have some great promotions, so make sure you look for the right deals!
Top restaurants near Gila River Arena:
The Westgate complex provides dining opportunities for almost every type of cuisine you could want. We have our favorites, but you can get a full dining guide from the Westgate website. There are several top restaurant choices near Gila River Arena, but here are some ideas.
For a great family meal, we recommend Opa Life Greek Café. They are reasonably priced with amazing Greek inspired meals. Plus, kids meals are free on Wednesdays! You can enjoy a delicious gyro out on their patio and enjoy the great weather Phoenix has in the winter. The Tzatziki is truly irresistible.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little rowdier to grab a drink and some solid food, The Whiskey Rose and Salt: Tacos Y Tequila are both directly across from the arena entrance. Whiskey Rose is a saloon themed bar and restaurant with country style food and great drink specials. Salt: Tequila Y Tacos is everything you want in a Mexican restaurant. For a unique treat, try the Chorizo Cornbread to go with your margarita!
If you’re not in the mood for dinner, the drink selections and specials at Bar Louie, The Yard House, and McFadden’s are the perfect spots for a nightcap. Or check out the Fractured Prune Donut Shop for some delicious donut creations to round out the night.
There’s plenty to do aside from the great food close by too!
Westgate sports some great shops for sporting goods, sweets, and more, but if you really want to spend the day shopping your heart out, walk over to the Tanger Outlet Mall right next to Westgate. It’s hard to go wrong with so many options and a great way to kill some time before your event.
Aside from shopping and eating, Westgate has a 24-screen movie theater and a bowling alley that doubles as a local brewery. If you’re in the mood for a great craft beer and a few games of bowling, you’re only steps away from the arena!*Walk-ability score is based on proximity of parking, food, and other entertainment to the arena. Because Gila River Arena has three hotels close by and several dining and entertainment options, it gets a 10/10 score.