Arizona State bails on proposed new arena deal, leaves Coyotes’ future in limbo

According to TSN, Arizona State University has backed out of a deal with the Arizona Coyotes to build a new arena in Tempe.

The school announced Friday it has no intention of proceeding with a development agreement, an option to lease or any other agreement with the NHL club.

The Coyotes announced in November plans to build a new arena with Arizona State near its campus.

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  1. The Coyotes want to bail out of their arena in Glendale, AZ where attendance is less than 13K per game, near the bottom of the NHL along with Carolina. This has proven to be a poor location for a NHL team. Coyotes’ owners would prefer to stay in the Phoenix area, most likely in the Scottsdale/Tempe/Mesa/Chandler area, but Quebec and the western Toronto suburbs are both seeking a NHL team. If the Coyotes bail out of Arizona, then ASU and the city of Tempe may be left holding the bag on a very expensive new arena. If the Coyotes and ASU cannot work something out together, this would increase the likelihood of a move to Canada in the next few years.

  2. The Coyotes want to bail out of their arena in Glendale, AZ where attendance is less than 13K per game, near the bottom of the NHL along with Carolina. This has proven to be a poor location for a NHL team. Coyotes’ owners would prefer to stay in the Phoenix area, most likely in the Scottsdale/Tempe/Mesa/Chandler area, but Quebec and the western Toronto suburbs are both seeking a NHL team. If the Coyotes bail out of Arizona, then ASU and the city of Tempe may be left holding the bag on a very expensive new arena. If the Coyotes and ASU cannot work something out together, this would increase the likelihood of a move to Canada in the next few years.

  3. Something tells me this wasn’t entirely ASU’s decision haha. They’re desperate for a stadium solution. I cannot imagine they just pulled out.

  4. Something tells me this wasn’t entirely ASU’s decision haha. They’re desperate for a stadium solution. I cannot imagine they just pulled out.

  5. This just goes to show the NCHC made the right call, ASU really has too many if at the point to be consider a solid program. Lack of facility, Lack of Top Teir Coaching staff are the two biggest in my book. I think a conferance could forgive the lack of a top notch facility for a new team, but the coaching staff that ASU employs is the small staff that coached the club team. IF they want to show the NCHC that they are serious they need to find a more experianced coaching staff. Otherwise the only conferance that might be interested in the WCHA and even they might not be as interested as they once were, adding ASU would only make the conferance a further travel nightmare for existing schools.

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