PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (AP) — A multipurpose arena in Prescott Valley will be the latest large venue in Arizona to become a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Cottonwood-based on Monday will open an appointment-only setup called “Vaccination Station" inside , a 5,100-seat facility that has hosted events including professional basketball games, rodeos, concerts and ice shows.
Spectrum, in a partnership with Yavapai County and other organizations, plans to administer shots to between 500 and 1,000 people daily, seven days a week, depending on adequate vaccine support and staffing, reported.
Several venues in Arizona's two large metro areas, located in desert regions where the winters are milder than in the Prescott area, are either already in use or planned as stay-in-your-car vaccination sites.
The state on Jan. 11 a 24/7 vaccination site blanketing a large parking lot next to State Farm Stadium in Glendale and plans to open a at Phoenix Municipal Stadium near the Phoenix-Tempe line on Feb. 1. Pima County earlier this month opened a drive-through vaccination site in Tucson at Kino Sports Complex, a venue that formerly hosted Major League Baseball spring training games among other events and competitions.
Formerly the Prescott Valley Event Center, the town-owned Findlay Toyota Center has more than 2,000 parking spaces. Until last year, the arena was the home of the Phoenix Suns’ G League team, the . The parent club sold the G League team last July, saying it no longer fit its player development plan.
The arena's event organizers had said until recently that they planned to allow open skating in the ice rink into early February but that changed with the need for interior space to administer vaccinations, the Courier reported.
CEO Brad Fain of , a Prescott Valley-based development company helping launch the vaccination site at the arena, called it "the perfect location for this momentous effort taking place in the center of Prescott Valley.”
As with other states, Arizona’s vaccination program was slow to get off the ground and the state's sign-up website for the state-run sites have been criticized as . But officials say the State Farm Stadium site has proved to be success, with thousands of doses administered daily.
Like Yavapai County, other counties across the state are also providing vaccinations.
The site in Tucson is a partnership between and the Banner Health hospital chain. involved in the State Farm Stadium include Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Arizona Cardinals.