Earlier this month, the Tempe City Council voted to move forward with negotiating plans with the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL for a new arena within the city limits. Today, Sportico’s Barry M. Bloom reports that the Coyotes have now pitched a $1.7 billion plan to the Tempe government for a 46-acre property currently occupied by a landfill. The development would include a new arena and an entertainment district as well.
For the Coyotes, any news is good news. With the amount of new arena talk followed up by no action in the entire league (the Ottawa Senators and LeBreton Flats), any concrete development in the process purely reduces the likelihood of the Coyotes being left without a rink when their deal with Arizona State University expires.
If passed, this would undoubtedly be the longest-serving home of the Coyotes in their history in the desert. The report from the original discussions with the City Council in early June yielded a statement from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman that the team would sign a 30-year non-relocation agreement with the city.
News about the plan will undoubtedly continue to trickle in throughout the offseason. An assurance that the Coyotes will have a stable exit plan from playing at the 5,000-seat arena at ASU would be welcomed sooner rather than later.
Just think, The Desert Dog House will be slightly less than 1/2 the capacity of The Ralph, in Grand Forks, ND.
Can you imagine if they have empty seats in their temporary dog pound? It wouldn’t shock me if they did
@Gbear – Sounds like extra $ will be needed for kennel cleaning staff, eh? :) But, seriously, they can still Shanghai unsuspecting people off the street, or near one of the shopping malls. Just paint “Free purified water and popsicles!” on the U-Haul.
I think just to catch a glimpse of one of their LTIR acquisitions should be enough incentive. “Hey, that guy really is a mess”. :D
Most of the tickets for next season are already sold out. The Coyotes are predicting they will actually make money next year. The average ticket costs $160 a seat. Last year it was $40. So they are projecting making twice as much in ticket sales next season.
Should have moved to Las Vegas a long time ago!
if they are going to relocate make it Baltimore, or if not there then let them go to New Orleans