Gary Bettman says the NHL is still committed to keeping Arizona Coyotes in Phoenix area despite hurdles


In May, a $2.1 billion Tempe proposition, that included a 16,000-seat arena for the Arizona Coyotes, hotels, a shopping district, dining establishments, and property, was turned down by the city’s citizens. Still, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mentioned that the league is still devoted to keeping the Coyotes in the Phoenix location and is continuing to try to find alternative areas to develop a brand-new arena.

“It’s a good market, and if we can make it work, we’ll make it work,” Bettman stated throughout a Stanley Cup Final media accessibility in Las Vegas.

“The Arizona Coyotes are going to explore what their other options are in the greater Phoenix area and we’re going to monitor that closely,” Bettman included. “Our hope is that one of the options that is being explored and considered will come to fruition.”

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly likewise exposed that there have actually been discussions with Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith concerning having a prospective NHL franchise in Salt Lake City.

Last month, Bettman stated that he was “terribly disappointed by the results of the public referenda regarding the Coyotes’ arena project in Tempe” in a declaration.

The Coyotes were trying to transfer to Tempe after the franchise lost its house in Glendale — the Desert Diamond Arena — at the conclusion of the 2021-22 NHL season. The group had actually called that arena house for 18 years. The franchise then moved to the 5,000-seat Mullett Arena on the school of Arizona State University, as they have actually shared the arena with the school’s males’s hockey group.

The Coyotes are arranged to call Mullett Arena house for the next 2 seasons with an alternative for a 4th year. The 2022-23 season marked the very first for the Coyotes at Mullett Arena.

The franchise initially started playing in Phoenix after moving from Winnipeg in 1996.

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