Coyotes interested in building privately funded arena in Mesa

Coyotes interested in building privately funded arena in Mesa

The Coyotes have set their sights on building a new arena in the city of Mesa, Arizona, the team announced Wednesday.

“We can confirm that Coyotes owner, chairman, and governor Alex Meruelo has executed a letter of intent to purchase a parcel of land located in Mesa, Arizona, to be the potential site for a sports arena and entertainment district for the club,” the team said in a statement.

Mesa is the state’s third-largest city with a population of roughly 520,000.

The Coyotes’ last bid to construct a new arena in Arizona failed when residents of Tempe voted against building a new $2.1-billion entertainment district back in May.

The franchise, which is currently playing out of the 4,600-seat Mullett Arena at Arizona State University in Tempe, has vowed to remain in Arizona despite plenty of relocation speculation. The team’s agreement to play at Mullett Arena expires after the 2024-25 campaign.

“The Coyotes remain committed to building the first privately funded sports facility in Arizona history and ensuring the Valley as the club’s permanent home. In addition to this property in Mesa, the club will continue to explore other potential sites in the East Valley,” the team’s statement said.

Mullett Arena is already the Coyotes’ third arena since the franchise relocated from Winnipeg in 1996. The team played at America West Arena in downtown Phoenix before moving to Glendale’s Gila River Arena in 2003.

Forbes ranked Arizona as the NHL’s least valuable franchise in December.

Copyright © 2023 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

Full Story »


Leave a Comment

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

More in News

Sharks get bad news on major summer trade acquisition

He is still listed as day-to-day, and it’s unclear whether ...

Blue Jackets star defenseman suffers injury after collision

He logged 13:43 of ice time over 16 shifts before ...

Wild’s Evason irked by Goligoski’s ‘really stupid’ unsportsmanlike penalty

Wild head coach Dean Evason singled out Alex Goligoski after ...

NHL 2023-24 Stanley Cup playoff chances and projected standings

Our NHL projections and probabilities page highlights each team’s projected ...

Canes 2-0 after winning in ninth round of shootout

It took nine rounds of a shootout, but the Carolina ...

Trending on Ice Hockey Chronicle

Sens’ Forsberg ‘back to 100%’ after MCL tears in both knees

Ottawa Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg is ready for training camp ...

A summer synopsis for the Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago will have the benefit of not having any expectations ...

Blue Jackets owner doesn’t expect changes to management at this time

Columbus Blue Jackets majority owner John McConnell isn't planning to ...

What does the trade market look like for the top NHL targets?

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander and Winnipeg Jets players ...

Which NHL prospects have stood out early in the 2023-24 season?

A look at the players who have impressed early on ...