Associated Press

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Professional hockey is coming to the Southern desert.

The minor league American Hockey League has awarded an expansion franchise to Seattle that will play at a new arena on the Agua Caliente n Reservation in downtown Palm Springs.

The $250 million project announced Monday will break ground in early 2020 and will open in fall 2021.

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The AHL’s 32nd team will be the primary development affiliate of Seattle. Both the Seattle team and its AHL franchise will begin play in October 2021.

, CEO of Oak View Group which owns the Seattle franchise, says the new arena will host sports and music events. It will seat 10,000.

AHL Palm Springs launched season ticket sales Monday.

Palm Springs will be the sixth team in the AHL, joining Bakersfield, Ontario, , San Jose and Stockton.