The planned groundbreaking for a new arena in Palm Springs, California that will house an American Hockey League (AHL) expansion franchise has been postponed.

The 10,000-seat arena had been due to break ground on February 18 but this has been cancelled due to “extenuating circumstances”, the Desert Sun newspaper reported.

Reasons for the postponement of the groundbreaking were not given.

Tribal officials said in a statement reported by the Desert Sun: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to celebrating with the community in the future. Groundbreaking event ticket holders will be notified regarding the postponement.”

The AHL expansion franchise will serve as an affiliate of the NHL’s new team based in Seattle. Oak View Group announced last June that it had reached an agreement with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognised Indian Tribe in the US, to build the privately-financed arena.

Live Nation was also involved in the deal and will supply the new arena with its portfolio of touring artists and live events.

NHL Seattle and OVG were awarded the AHL franchise in September. The AHL is the NHL’s primary development league and the Palm Springs-based team will become its 32nd franchise.

Neither the AHL team nor its home arena have been given names yet.

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