Great ... more relocation news about the Arizona Coyotes.
But that’s what you get when their future has been cloudy for years, and with the situation regarding their Glendale arena being tenuous. That’s what you get when so many other cities are interested in having the Coyotes play there.
You know, cities like Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix …
Craig Morgan of ArizonaSports.com has a piece detailing the potential relocation plans for the Coyotes within the state of Arizona. Please recall that the Glendale city council cancelled the team’s 15-year lease, before settling on a deal that extends their working relationship through 2017.
As the team eyes its future, Arizona Sports has learned that there are at least three significant possibilities for the Coyotes to remain in the Valley when their agreement with Glendale expires after the 2016-17 season.
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and councilmember Michael Nowakowski have been pushing to bring the Coyotes downtown in a shared facility with the Suns, who are seeking a new arena.
It’s no secret the Coyotes have had discussions with Arizona State University and the City of Tempe for an East Valley location.
The Coyotes have also had some level of discussion on a Scottsdale location along the 101 corridor near Indian Bend Road with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, but it would be premature to speculate on that location because those discussions are believed to be in their infancy, relative to the other two locations.
One key point in the in-state relocation of the Coyotes, according to Morgan, is that there are investors on the fence but will buy-in “assuming they leave Glendale for another Valley location.”
Like we’ve written previously: Just get them the hell away from Glendale. A move back to Phoenix is, from my seat many miles away, the best move in a shared arena with the Suns.
We’re not going to be Pollyanna about this. Morgan’s report is a whole lotta sunshine about staying in Arizona without any of the dark clouds of relocation out of the state (and, likely, country). That still could happen. But it is nice, for once, to see the conversation shift from how the Coyotes will stay in Arizona to where in Arizona they’ll play next.
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