The Coyotes have submitted a proposal for a new arena


The Arizona Coyotes have confirmed that they have submitted a proposal to build an arena in Tempe, Ariz., After the town of Glendale announced it was not going to renew the rental agreement with the team at the Gila River Arena after this season.

« We are always very excited about this amazing opportunity before us, » the Coyotes told the Arizona Republic on Thursday.

The Coyotes, who told the newspaper they weren’t going to make any further comments, would like to build a 46-acre arena and entertainment district, according to reports.

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman recently said the Coyotes will stay in the Phoenix area. They have been playing at Gila River Arena since the start of the 2003-04 season.

« I’m not worried about the Coyotes, » Commissioner Bettman said on WFAN 660 AM in New York City on August 19, the day the city of Glendale announced it was not going to renew it. ‘agreement. “I believe their future lies in the Phoenix area. « 

Under an annual lease agreement between the Coyotes and Glendale, both parties had the option of not renewing the agreement for an additional year by providing written notice each year dated December 31 or earlier.

“We are disappointed with the unilateral decision the Town of Glendale made today to cease negotiations on a multi-year rental agreement,” said Coyotes President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez. “We hope she reconsiders a decision that would primarily hurt the small businesses and hardworking citizens of Glendale. We remain open to the idea of ​​relaunching good faith negotiations with the city.

“Most importantly, the Coyotes are 100 percent committed to finding a long-term solution here in Arizona, and nothing will shake our resolve to do what is right for our organization, for residents across the metro area. Phoenix, and especially for our fans. « 

Commissioner Bettman added that this is only the latest step in talks between the two sides.

“First, I don’t think the Coyotes franchise is going anywhere,” he said. I think the town of Glendale is negotiating.

“It’s no secret that Alex Meruelo, who owns the Coyotes, is weighing his options to build a new arena elsewhere in the greater Phoenix area, and I think the city of Glendale has basically told the Coyotes that ‘They have to sign a 20-year lease otherwise she wasn’t going to renew the deal. « 

The Coyotes relocated from Winnipeg to Phoenix before the 1996-97 season and played at America West Arena downtown before moving to Glendale. They changed their geographic name to Arizona Coyotes (rather than Phoenix Coyotes) on June 27, 2014.

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