The Arizona Coyotes aren’t leaving the desert … but.
Regardless of their area referendum being defeated by Tempe voters on Tuesday night time, the Coyotes confirmed to Every day Faceoff on Wednesday morning that it’ll stay on the 4,600-seat Mullett Area on the Arizona State College campus for the 2023–24 season.
ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski was the first to report the information of the Coyotes staying in Arizona within the quick time period, though he additionally indicated that the membership has not but formulated a long-term plan to stay round in Phoenix or the encompassing space.
The Coyotes have a standing three-year settlement with Arizona State College to play out of Mullett Area, with an choice for a fourth season. The deal took impact within the 2022–23 season, which noticed the Coyotes promote out all 41 of their dwelling video games on the facility.
Mullett Area was constructed to accommodate the Arizona State Solar Devils males’s ice hockey program, which performs in NCAA Division I competitors. Captained by Coyotes prospect Josh Doan, the Solar Devils additionally moved into Mullett Area in time for the 2022–23 season.
The Coyotes had sought to construct a $2.1B area and leisure district in Tempe, however these plans have been defeated by greater than 56% of voters in Tuesday’s referendum. The staff beforehand performed out of the Desert Diamond Area in Glendale from 2003 to 2022.
Earlier than that, the Coyotes shared what’s now often known as the Footprint Middle in downtown Phoenix with the Phoenix Suns. That area has since been renovated to take away its functionality to host a hockey staff.
Coyotes president Xavier Gutierrez addressed the media in Tempe on Tuesday night, saying the membership will consider what’s subsequent alongside the Nationwide Hockey League “within the coming weeks.” Neither Gutierrez nor the NHL publicly dedicated Tuesday to the staff remaining in Arizona.
Hypothesis has already run rampant about potential relocation markets, reminiscent of Salt Lake Metropolis or Atlanta if the Coyotes are unable to safe a backup answer within the Valley. However, on the very least, they’ll keep in Tempe subsequent 12 months.