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Monday, June 24, 2024

Pivotal Vote for New Coyotes Arena Set To Begin This Week

  • The long-winded saga surrounding their proposed new arena may finally be coming to an end.
  • This week, the city of Tempe will mail out ballots to residents to vote on a referendum that would approve a $2.1 billion deal for a new arena.
Apr 13, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes center Liam O'Brien (38) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Vancouver Canucks at Mullett Arena.
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Currently playing in a 5,000-seat -capacity arena at Arizona State — the smallest in NHL history — the Arizona Coyotes are in dire need of a new home. Now, the long saga of their proposed new arena may finally be coming to an end. 

Starting on April 19, the city of Tempe will mail out ballots for residents to vote on a referendum that would approve a $2.1 billion deal for a new arena. The project includes a 16,000-seat arena, an entertainment sector, a hotel, and private residences. 

Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto (83) and Arizona Coyotes defenseman Connor Mackey (12) battle for the puck during the third period at Mullett Arena.

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The project, proposed in September 2021, has generated major controversy.

  • In September 2022, it looked like the project would move forward, but the city of Phoenix sued Tempe over its construction plans in December. 
  • On April 5, the company’s developer countersued Phoenix, alleging the city was purposefully trying to obstruct construction plans.

Last week, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke in favor of the vote, saying that he hoped the Coyotes could stay in Arizona — as long as they get a new arena.

“We believe that this is a place where hockey should be, permanently,” Bettman said. “We believe that being a part of this great community is something that enhances our game … and that finally, we’re at a place where we can ensure the future of the Coyotes for the benefit — not just for the Coyotes or Coyotes fans, but for this community.”

The vote is officially scheduled for May 16.

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