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Arizona Coyotes eye new arenas in Tempe

The Arizona Coyotes National Hockey League (NHL) team are planning a new 16,000 seat arena to be built in Tempe.

The Coyotes have entered into an exclusive negotiation agreement with Catellus Development Corporation, master developer for the Arizona State University Athletic Facilities District, to work towards a new arena and commercial development project within the district along Tempe Town Lake.

This marks the beginning of a detailed process to secure a new home for the Arizona Coyotes.

The plan includes the construction of a 16,000-plus seat NHL arena for the Coyotes with an attached additional 4,000 seat multi-sport arena.

The second arena will be utilised by Sun Devils Athletics, Coyotes practices, youth hockey practices and games and community events.

The two new additional sheets of ice will continue to help grow the sport at the grass-roots level. In the future, a new hotel and other related amenities will be finalised as part of the second phase of the project.

Coyotes Majority Owner, Chairman and Governor Andrew Barroway said:

We are thrilled to partner with Catellus on this tremendous project that will include our future new home in the East Valley. The Coyotes are committed to Arizona, and we are extremely excited about our bright future.

Greg Weaver, Executive Vice President for Catellus Development Corporation, said:

As the first major partner for the ASU Athletic Facilities District, the Coyotes campus will generate momentum for this innovative, urban corridor. We are excited to partner with the Coyotes for their new facility.

Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc added:

Over the past year we have been exhaustive in our research regarding the most optimal location for our new home in the Valley.

While we have tremendous fans all across the greater Phoenix metro area, not to mention the entire state, it became clear that the East Valley is home to a majority of our fans and corporate partners. Our fans in the West Valley have shown us tremendous support over the past 13 years, and we look forward to working with them as we transition to our new home in the future.

The agreement provides for a period ending no later than June 30, 2017 to create the overall budget, design and operational plan for the development.

The Coyotes will now focus on finalising a partnership with other public sector constituents including the State and the City of Tempe.

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