Coyotes will use Arizona State’s new hockey arena through 2025

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes are heading to Tempe!

The NHL team announced Thursday that the club has reached a multi-year deal with Arizona State University for the Coyotes to play at the Sun Devils’ new multi-purpose arena beginning next season.

The team will play home games through 2025, with an additional option for the 2025-26 season, the Coyotes said in a news release.

“We are thrilled to have hosted our home games at Arizona State University’s new all-purpose arena beginning next season,” Coyotes President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said in a statement. communicated. “It will be an incredible, intimate and thrilling fan experience in a new state-of-the-art arena in a fantastic location in the heart of Tempe. We are so grateful to Dr. Crow, ASU administration, the ASU Athletic Department, and the Arizona Board of Directors for agreeing to provide us with this temporary arena solution for our team as we continue our efforts to secure a long-term home for the Coyotes. in the valley. “

The Arizona board approved the deal Thursday.

“The National Hockey League thanks Arizona State University for their support of the Coyotes during this transition period and for what will only be their last major commitment to developing our game in the Valley,” said the NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Having made the full-time transition to Division I just seven years ago, ASU hockey already has one NCAA Tournament appearance under its belt and is now moving into a new, state-of-the-art facility. Hockey is thriving in Tempe, and we’re thrilled that passionate Coyotes fans can experience the energy of ASU on campus as the Club’s new arena is built.”

The team plans to move its offices closer to Tempe later this year.

As part of the transition, the team announced it was negotiating with Ice Den Scottsdale to make the complex the team’s full-time training facility, which was built in 1998 as the main training facility. club training.

The team will continue to play at Gila River Arena in Glendale for the remainder of the season, with its lease expiring June 30, Sports Illustrated reported.

The Arizona Republic said the new arena is not expected to be completed until October and is one-third the size of Gila River Arena.

News of the new deal comes as no surprise since the team’s relationship with the City of Glendale has been rocky over the years.

Last December, city leaders sent the team’s owners, IceArizona Hockey, a letter telling them they would be kicked out of Gila River Arena if they didn’t pay more than $1.3 million in arrears. of taxes.

According to the Associated Press, the team submitted an offer for land in Tempe in hopes of finally settling in their home.

KNXV staff first reported this story.