Coyotes, Tempe confirm new arena bid

Arizona’s NHL team has made a proposal following the end of their lease in Glendale


Sarah Hall

The City of Tempe will review the Coyotes’ new arena proposal in the coming weeks.

James Mackey, Reporter

A new chapter in the Arizona Coyotes’ arena saga has emerged.

The Coyotes have submitted a bid for a new home arena in Tempe. Craig Morgan later verified the reports on his Twitter account.

“As regulations surrounding the (Request for Proposals) process dictate, we cannot comment any further at this time, but we remain incredibly excited about this extraordinary opportunity,” the Coyotes’ statement read.

The City of Tempe also published a press release on Thursday, not directly naming the Coyotes but making it pretty clear that Arizona’s NHL franchise made the bid. The submission deadline was Sept. 2 at 3 p.m.

One submittal was received by the City of Tempe…for a mixed-use project incorporating a professional sports franchise and entertainment district for two parcels of city-owned land totaling 46 acres at the northeast corner of Priest Drive and Rio Salado Parkway,” according to the city.

Per Tempe’s statement, it is anticipated the “next steps in this evaluation process will take many months and will include extensive examinations, as well as opportunities for community feedback.”

More updates are certain to follow, and the Coyotes start developmental camps on Sept. 9.