Grand Canyon University Arena
Grand Canyon University’s 7,000-seat Arena opened Sept. 1, 2011, just 15 months after university officials broke ground on the project. The 135,000-square-foot sports and entertainment venue hosts GCU athletics, University and community events, and national concert tours. Moreover, it serves as the focal point of GCU’s $200 million campus expansion. Notable and exciting features include large windows providing natural light, ceiling beams signed by GCU employees and students, a vault of Bibles buried at center court and an outdoor balcony with views of the Camelback Road campus. Only 42 steps from event level to concourse level ensure that every seat in the house is a good one.
For GCU Arena Contacts and Information, please call the GCU Arena Reception Desk at 602-639-8006.
Grand Canyon University Arena Box Office
Located next to the main entrance of the Arena on the northeast side of the building
Hours of Operation
- Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Closed Saturday and Sunday (open on event days)
*Special hours will apply on event days
Advance Ticket Purchases (Charge by Phone, Online & GCU Arena Box Office)
All ticket prices are subject to change at any time, for any event. GCU Arena does not grant refunds or exchanges for previously purchased tickets. In case of event cancellation, tickets will be refunded accordingly.
A Bank of America ATM is located inside the GCU Arena lobby next to the Team Shop entrance. All GCU Arena concession stands also accept all major credit cards except American Express and Visa debit cards.
Antelope Reception Center
Located in the northwest corner of GCU Arena, the Antelope Reception Center (ARC) is the GCU welcome center. Campus Tours depart from the ARC every hour on the hour, unless otherwise noted.
Tours are offered hourly as follows:
Beginning Sept. 2
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – Noon
Schedule a tour today!
Arena Team Shop
Located next to the Arena Box Office
Hours of Operation:
During the School Year:
- Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Non-event days)
- Closed Saturday and Sunday and Holidays (Open during all Men’s home basketball games)
- Monday – Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Non-event days)
*Special hours will apply on event days
Online Team Shop
Please visit www.gcuteamshop.com
Newly Expanded Grand Canyon University Arena
In August 2014, Grand Canyon University debuted its newly expanded multi-purpose arena, which plays host to university athletics, along with community events and national concert tours. The 135,000-square-foot arena originally opened in September 2011 as a 5,000-seat venue and the centerpiece of GCU’s $200 million campus expansion. GCU marked the re-opening of the arena with 2,000 additional seats, a portable basketball floor and other features that make it one of the top venues of its kind among universities nationwide.
Notable features include large windows providing natural light, ceiling beams signed by GCU employees and students, a vault of Bibles buried at center court and an outdoor balcony with views of the Camelback Road campus. Only 42 steps from event level to concourse level ensure that every seat in the house is a good one.
The arena’s high-definition video boards rival those in the best professional sports arenas and a 57-foot, 3,000-lb. trolley beam can move the JumboTron with a touch of a finger. The screen moves along a track with a 2.5-ton portable motor; the process takes approximately three minutes.
The portable basketball floor is comprised of 225 pieces: Each piece is 4’ x 8’ and weighs 125 lbs. The floor was used at the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend and was refinished to Lopes Men’s Basketball Coach Dan Majerle’s specifications to prevent players from getting shin splints. (It will take four hours and six staff members to install the floor for Lopes basketball games.)
BY THE NUMBERS
- Square feet: 135,000
- Seats: 7,000
- Toilets: 121 toilets in 15 restrooms
- Curtains: Five 50’ x 27’ (each)
- Concessions: Five (including three pizza ovens)
- Locker rooms: Four
- Video boards:
- One 15′ × 35′ high-definition video board
- Two 10′ × 18″ high-definition video board
- One 3’4″ × 525′ high-resolution digital ribbon board
- One 6.5′ × 32′ high-definition lobby video board
Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 and is Arizona’s premier private Christian university. GCU is regionally accredited and emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students and the working professional. GCU offers traditional programs on its growing campus, as well as online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. The university’s curriculum fuses academic and clinical rigor with Christian values to prepare its students to be skilled, caring professionals.