Coyotes ‘highly interested’ in Tempe space that could hold new arena

The Coyotes logo on the ice during the NHL hockey game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Arizona Coyotes on March 26, 2019 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Arizona Coyotes confirmed on Thursday that they are having discussions with the city of Tempe on a development space where the franchise could put a new arena.

Tempe also confirmed the request for proposals (RFP) on a spot in the East Valley.

The City of Tempe has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a 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.

The Coyotes’ statement said the opportunity is of interest to them.

Based on the site’s location, the Coyotes are highly interested in this development opportunity and will be responding to the City of Tempe’s request for proposal. Given our determination to remain in the Valley for many years to come, we are actively working to identify the best long-term home for the Coyotes, our devoted fans and this great community.

The Coyotes have had a year-to-year lease with Glendale’s Gila River Arena, the team’s arena since 2003.

Arizona is coming off a 24-26-6 season, failing to make the playoffs in its last year with head coach Rick Tocchet. Andre Tourigny replaced him, the first head coaching hire for general manager Bill Armstrong, who is entering his second season in the position.

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