An illustration showing the planned overhead view of Phoenix's Legacy Sports Arena

Three contractors have filed unpaid construction work claims worth millions on Phoenix’s Legacy Sports Arena amateur sporting events facility and its adjacent boutique hotel. 

According to five mechanics lien claims filed with Arizona’s Maricopa County clerk’s office, three contractors are owed $6.9 million from property owner Legacy Sports Arena, LLC as of September 29, 2020.

While active, a mechanics lien can prevent a property owner from selling or refinancing their property until the contractor’s debt has been satisfied. 

The lien claims were filed by General contractor A.R. Mays Construction against the facility, and two subcontractors against A.R. Mays.

According to A.R. Mays Construction’s Legacy Sports Arena project page, the 171-thousand-square-foot amateur sporting events facility will house several NHL-sized ice rinks, practice facilities for several sports, party rooms, retail space, office space, a gym, and a restaurant. The property’s adjacent 58,000 square-foot, 4-story hotel will include 88 rooms with an adjacent recreation area. 

The arena, originally set to open in the fall of 2020, has still not been opened.

A spokesperson from the Legacy Sports Arena did not respond to a request for comment on the mechanics lien filings. 

$6.9M in liens owed at the Legacy Sports Arena

Since September 18, 2020, at least three contractors are allegedly owed a combined $6,958,215.52 in unpaid construction work from the Legacy Sports Arena at 2727 W. Bronco Butte Trail, Phoenix, AZ.

A.R. Mays Construction has filed two separate mechanics lien claims against Legacy Sports Arena, LLC, both of which were filed on September 25, 2020.

The GC’s largest claim is valued at $5,310,090 for work constructing the sports facility. The second lien claim is valued at $789,903 following the construction of the property’s hotel complex. A.R. Mays Construction completed its construction work at the Legacy Sports Arena on March 31, 2020. 

A.R. Mays Construction did not respond to a request for comment.

On September 18, subcontractor JJ Sprague of Arizona, Inc. filed a lien against A.R. Mays Construction that totaled $175,965.52. According to the lien affidavit, the subcontractor serviced the sports facility and completed their construction on May 30, 2020.  

Subcontractor Specified Electrical Contractors, Inc. has filed two separate lien claims against A.R. Mays Construction, which combined for $682,257 in unpaid work.

On September 28, the subcontractor filed a claim valued at $502,391 pursuant to a contract with the GC for constructing the sports facility. One day later, Specified Electrical Contractors filed a second $179,866 mechanics lien claim for their involvement in the construction of the hotel. The sub last furnished the property on June 21, 2020. 

Competitor constructing 320-acre sports and entertainment park in Mesa, AZ

While the Legacy Sports Arena in Phoenix remains unopened, Legacy Sports Park announced they were creating a 320-acre sports and entertaining facility in Mesa, located roughly 45 miles south of the Legacy Sports Arena facility in Phoenix. 

Significant news focus has shifted to the upcoming Mesa facility, which broke ground in September. Once completed, Legacy Sports Park will become the county’s largest privately owned sports park, according to ABC 15 News Arizona

The Mesa Legacy Sports Park will include several amenities, such as baseball fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, an amphitheater, an e-sports arena, sports bars, and restaurants.  

Valued at $250 million, the Mesa sports park held its groundbreaking ceremony on September 18, 2020, and the facility is expected to open in January 2022.