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Coyotes issue statement regarding AEG’s selection as new management group for Gila River Arena

Arizona Coyotes President and CEO, Anthony LeBlanc, has issued the following statement regarding the announcement that Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) has been selected as the new arena management group for Gila River Arena:

On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization, I would like to congratulate AEG on being selected as the prospective new arena manager for Gila River Arena.

AEG (Los Angeles Kings) and IceArizona (Arizona Coyotes) are proud partners in the National Hockey League. We have a strong relationship with AEG and we are very excited to work with them.

AEG has a proven track record of managing successful venues.

Our existing agreement indicates that the City of Glendale has the right to notify the Coyotes as of March 31 if they intend to replace the current arena manager and appoint a new arena manager as of July 1.

Gila River Arena

Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL, is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located at Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue. The Arena anchors the 223-acre, USD$1bn development Westgate Entertainment District, the “crown jewel” of sports and entertainment complexes.
In September 2014, the Arizona Coyotes, the Gila River Indian Community and Gila River Casinos agreed to terms on a nine-year partnership agreement that includes the naming rights for the venue. This is the first federally recognised Tribal naming rights deal with a sports venue that houses one of four major professional sports leagues in the country.
Owned by the City of GlendaleGila River Arena is home to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Arizona Coyotes and a multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually. With two separate concourses on two seating levels, Gila River Arena’s open concourses are fan-friendly and provide fans with an open view of the ice. The Arena also features an intimate seating bowl that has all the modern amenities.
There are 87 luxury suites, including two tower suites and 12 party suites that can accommodate large groups of up to 50 people. In addition, the Suite Level Club consists of 400 upscale seats with unique club and dining opportunities. The BMW Lounge is an upscale private club, open exclusively to season ticket holders. The Lounge is located directly behind the Coyotes and visiting team player benches, offering fans unique views of both the Coyotes and visiting team players as they enter and exit the ice.
Gila River Arena has hosted numerous world-class concerts and events since opening in December 2003. Some of the music industry’s top performers were welcomed to Glendale in the venue’s inaugural year, including Prince, Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Britney Spears and Usher.
The Arena was bestowed “the best new major concert venue in North America” by the Pollstar Concert Industry Awards in 2003. The venue has hosted major acts and numerous sell-outs such as U2, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Chesney, Motley Crue, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Eagles.
Gila River Arena has also hosted a variety of live entertainment in recent years, including Travis Pastrana’s Nitro Circus, Smuckers Stars on Ice, Street League Skateboarding, Nuclear Cowboyz, Professional Bull Riding (PBR), World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). The arena has brought a number of family oriented shows to Glendale including the likes of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Nickelodeon Story Time Live!, Sesame Street Live!, the Harlem Globetrotters and Cirque du Soleil. And, every February, Gila River Arena comes alive with “February Frenzy”, the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s (AIA) high-school tournaments and state championship for basketball.