Arizona Coyotes, Tempe will move forward with arena talks

The Arizona Coyotes After the City Council's vote of 5-2 in favor, Tempe and the City will move forward with negotiations to build a new arena.

“We want to express our gratitude to everyone who came out to support this project, this organisation, and this vision,” stated Xavier A. Gutierrez the president and CEO of the Coyotes. “We are aware that this is the first step and that the council has made it clear that it begins that process. We're excited about this.”

The Coyotes want to build an arena on city-owned land at Rio Salado Parkway, Priest Drive, and at the west end Tempe Town Lake. From 2003 to last season, they called Glendale home. However, their lease at Gila River Arena wasn't renewed. The arena, which has a capacity for around 5,000, is located on the campus of Arizona State University. It will host the Coyotes for at least three more years.

Tempe's project was valued at $1.7 billion. It includes restaurants, shops, apartments, and a new hockey arena.

“Tonight is the night for thanksgiving, humility and gratitude. Tomorrow begins the work. This project is very compelling, according to us. Gutierrez stated that the project is a transformative and iconic landmark for Tempe.

Both proponents as well as opponents were represented at the City Council meeting. Coyotes players Christian Fischer, Clayton Keller Nick Schmaltz The bid was supported by many who spoke out in its support. Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner, called in to support the bid. However, he stated that there would be no relocation agreements for arena deals beyond a 30-year period.

Chierstin Sausel, PHNX Sports reported that if the building is approved, the NHL will also promise an NHL All-Star Game in addition to an NHL Draft.

“The people should feel they have the freedom to express themselves,” said Shane DoanFormer Coyotes star, and team's chief hockey developmental officer. “I don't wish to do more of these. This should be the end. This should be moving in the right direction.

The talks over the arena project are now expected to last for months. The Coyotes have experienced over a decade worth of arena and ownership drama. However, this team stated that it is an important step toward a new home.

“It's an amazing night. Gutierrez said that they should be very excited. “This is just the beginning of something that we know has a great vision and an amazing opportunity to truly be the home that all our fans and those in waiting deserve.”

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