On June 2nd the Coyotes management and the board members of Tempe had a meeting to discuss if negotiations with the city should continue in hopes of building a new home for the Arizona Coyotes. With the meeting lasting almost 8 hours and several hundreds of public comments, the board made the decision to continue with talks to see if a deal can be struck. Now, this does not mean that a deal is in place but it is a good first step. The voting ended in a 5-2 favor for the Coyotes and the city will open negotiations which is huge for the Coyotes.
The Coyotes have been trying to find a permanent home for quite a while now and this could be the opportunity that they’ve been looking for. The team was in downtown Pheonix for some time sharing American West Arena with the Suns (now called Footprint Center) until they moved up to Glendale in 2003. With constant relocation rumors and ownership changes, they could have the best management they’ve had yet. With the city of Glendale and the Coyotes not being able to have a good relationship on the arena, they announced that the Coyotes will not be able to play at Gila River Arena again after the 2021-2022 season. This is obviously a big deal. Then during the end of the season, the Coyotes announced they will be staying at ASU’s multipurpose Arena. Which is great news that the Coyotes were able to find a home temporarily while they figure things out with the city of Tempe. The only downside is that the Arena will have about 13,000 fewer seats. This could seem like a big issue but season tickets are being sold now and are selling out quickly.
The image above is a rendering of what the Coyotes proposed arena in Tempe would look like. Isn’t it awesome? The proposed 2.1 billion dollar Entertainment Center would be one of the best hockey arenas today. In a way, it has a similar design to the Milwaukee Bucks Entertainment Center. The proposed project would include an Entertainment District which would include apartments, hotels, and much more.
The proposed arena also has a 30-year no relocation clause which for Coyotes fans is a dream come true. The NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman also said if a deal were made with the Coyotes and Tempe there would be an All-Star game and NHL draft held in Tempe. This is something the Coyotes have never been able to host so that would be really cool.
The following was a statement made by the Coyotes:
“We are extremely pleased that the Tempe City Council has voted to proceed with negotiations on development of the Tempe Entertainment Distract,” the Coyotes said in a statement after the vote. “Having heard all the facts, they have recognized the incredible opportunity that this project represents — not only for the Coyotes but also for the City of Tempe.”
Obviously, the Coyotes management is excited to move forward with negotiations with the city of Tempe and all Coyotes fans should as well. This is most certainly an exciting time for the Coyotes. Whenever a deal is hopefully made all the relocation rumors will be in the past and the future of the Coyotes will be in very good hands. In conclusion, this is awesome news. Something that let’s all hope trend in the correct direction in regard to talks with the city of Tempe.