Arizona Coyotes Submit Bid To Build New Arena

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According to AZCentral, the Arizona Coyotes have submitted a bid to transform 46 acres of land near Tempe Town Lake into an arena and entertainment district, a move that was anticipated as the team searches for a new home.

On August 19 the City of Glendale notified the Arizona Coyotes’ that their lease at Gila River Arena would be terminated at the end of the 2021-22 season, meaning that the team will have to find a new arena to host home games after the 2021-22 season.

”With an increased focus on larger, more impactful events and uses of the city-owned arena, the city of Glendale has chosen to not renew the operating agreement for the Arizona Coyotes beyond the coming 2021-22 season,” a statement from the city read.

“We are thankful to the NHL and the Arizona Coyotes for being part of the Glendale community for the past 18 years,” Glendale City manager Kevin Phelps said in a statement. “The decision not to renew the operating agreement with the Coyotes was not made overnight or in a vacuum. We carefully weighed input from key stakeholders, our expert economist, our arena management firm and our city council.”

The Arizona Coyotes responded to the City’s notification:

Gila River Arena has been the Coyotes’ home to since it opened in December 2003. It is still unclear where the Coyotes will play following this season, until a new arena can be built.

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By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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