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Sports Arizona Coyotes submit bid to build arena in Tempe

04:30  03 september  2021
04:30  03 september  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Glendale not renewing Coyotes' arena lease, leaving future in Arizona in doubt

  Glendale not renewing Coyotes' arena lease, leaving future in Arizona in doubt GLENDALE, Ariz. — The City of Glendale says it is not renewing its operating agreement with the Arizona Coyotes beyond the upcoming NHL season, leaving the team's future in the state in doubt. The city says it has informed the Coyotes that this season will be the last at the city-owned Gila River Arena. The city and the NHL team have been operating on a year-to-year arrangement since 2016. In a release on social media, the city said it wants to focus on "larger, more impactful events and uses" for the arena. The Coyotes have struggled to find footing in Arizona since the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996.

The Arizona Coyotes will not be playing in Gila River Arena in Glendale beyond this season, but their future could still lie in the Phoenix area. AZ Central’s Paulina Pineda reports that the city of Tempe opened bids to develop a 46-acre area for entertainment purposes and confirmed that the Coyotes submitted a bid. It is unknown if any competing bids were submitted.

a sign on the side of a building: The Gila River Arena had been home to the Coyotes since 2003. © Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports The Gila River Arena had been home to the Coyotes since 2003.

Tempe is located on the other side of Phoenix from Glendale and about 30 miles away from the Coyotes’ current home. The area in question resides on a stretch of the Salt River known as Tempe Town Lake. It is central to Tempe, but also not far from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the city of Scottsdale. Although the Coyotes could not make any material comment on the bidding process, they stated that they are “incredibly excited about this extraordinary opportunity.” A winning bid would allow the Coyotes to build a state-of-the-art arena of their own design and further develop the area into a attractive entertainment locale. The draw of this new area could be aided by the close proximity of Arizona State University, whose hockey program has quickly developed a strong following of its own.

Upcoming Season Likely Arizona Coyotes’ Last in Glendale

  Upcoming Season Likely Arizona Coyotes’ Last in Glendale The upcoming season will likely be the Arizona Coyotes’ final one at Gila River Arena. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated Patrick Breen/The Republic via Imagn Content Services, LLC GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The upcoming season will likely be the Arizona Coyotes’ The city of Glendale announced Thursday that it will not renew its agreement with the franchise beyond the 2021-22 season. The city tweeted it wants to focus on “larger, more impactful events and uses” for the arena.

Of course, competing bids or not, this by no means secures the Coyotes’ future in Arizona. Even an uncontested bid may not be to the liking of the city of Tempe, either financially or in the plan’s details. The city will also likely weigh the benefits of bringing the Coyotes to town, as they did have their fair share of struggles in Glendale. Until anything becomes official, it is fair to keep up the Houston/Quebec City/Milwaukee speculation, but many in Arizona will be happy to hear about this promising new development for their Coyotes.

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