Last night the Arizona Coyotes confirmed that they had submitted their bid for a new arena in Tempe, Arizona. The site will be at Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive.
Coyotes statement confirming Tempe arena bid:— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) September 2, 2021
“We are pleased to have submitted a proposal to the City of Tempe. As regulations surrounding the RFP process dictate, we cannot comment any further at this time, but we remain incredibly excited about this extraordinary opportunity.”
The City of Tempe confirmed that the Coyotes’ bid was the only bid that they received. The next step is for the city to review the proposal, and while it could take several months, they could approve the proposal as early as the end of the year.
It was first reported that the city is looking to build an arena/entertainment center on the site, which is currently used as a center for waste management and recycling. However, the location would require cleanup before arena construction could begin.
Not long after it emerged the Coyotes were interested in the site, the City of Glendale responded by canceling the Coyotes lease after the upcoming season. However, a quick approval would do well to build confidence in the fanbase, who still aren’t sure where the team will be playing after next season.
The Arizona Coyotes always seemed destined to leave Glendale. From lawsuits to city council meetings, the team always seemed to be on shaky ground in the West Valley, and the ideal solution always seemed a move to the East Valley.