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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Coyotes’ Plans for $2.1B Arena, Entertainment District Approved

  • The 46-acre project would feature a 16,000-seat arena and practice facility.
  • Hotels, retail shops, apartments, and a theater are also included.
Renderings of new Arizona Coyotes stadium in Tempe
Arizona Coyotes

A new home for the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes is one step closer to reality. 

The Tempe City Council has unanimously approved the team’s proposal for a new arena and entertainment district that could cost up to $2.1 billion

The plan was proposed by Bluebird Development, a real estate company owned by Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo

  • The 46-acre project would feature a 16,000-seat arena and practice facility.
  • Hotels, retail shops, apartments, and a theater are also included. 
  • At least $1.9 billion of development costs will be privately funded. 

Final approval for the proposed project depends on a voter referendum on May 16, which will decide whether the Coyotes will eventually move from Arizona State University’s Mullett Arena. 

The Coyotes — the least valuable NHL team at $400 million, per Forbes — have played their home games this season at ASU, which has a capacity of only 5,100. 

The team began playing at ASU following a dispute with the city of Glendale over Gila River Arena. The Coyotes owe $1.3 million in unpaid taxes and arena charges and have until Dec. 20 to settle their outstanding debt, which includes $250,000 owed to the city of Glendale.

Making A Commitment 

Despite waiting for approval on a new home, the Coyotes could see new opportunities if their development plan comes to fruition.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has vowed to bring the NHL All-Star Game or NHL Draft to Tempe if the project is approved. “It’s a private-funded project, and the club’s prepared to execute a 30-year, non-relocation agreement,” Bettman said.

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