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The National Hockey League (NHL) team Arizona Coyotes released renderings of their proposed arena entertainment district in Tempe (US).

The ‘Arizona Sports’ stated that the images lend more insight into the team’s bid submitted on September 2nd to build a mixed-use project on 46 acres of land South of the Salt River and located near the intersection of Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive.

The Arizona Coyotes are a professional ice hockey team based in the Phoenix metropolitan area (US). The Coyotes compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Central Division in the Western Conference.

The 18,300-capacity Gila River Arena is a sports and entertainment arena at the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale, Arizona (US) and serves as the home venue of the Arizona Coyotes. Located about 12.5 miles Northwest of downtown Phoenix, the arena was built East of Arizona Loop 101 and on the North side of West Maryland Avenue at a construction cost of $220 million.

The City of Tempe in Arizona (US) wants a professional sports team to develop 46 acres of City-owned land that is currently a solid waste compost yard into a stadium or arena and an entertainment district and the National Hockey League (NHL) team Arizona Coyotes are ready to give their right arm to take up the task.

The ‘Arizona Sports’ further stated that the proposal for the $1.7 billion development in Tempe calls for private funding along with a portion of finding coming from City tax revenues to pay for $200 million on top of that.

The project would include the arena, hotels, apartments, and storefront retail spaces.

The City in a statement on September 2nd said the evaluation process will take many months and include extensive examinations.

The conclusion of the process would ultimately result in a public meeting and a vote to accept or reject an agreement with the team.

Remarked a team spokesperson, “We are pleased to have submitted a proposal to the City of Tempe. As regulations surrounding the (request for proposal) process dictate, we cannot comment any further at this time, but we remain incredibly excited about this extraordinary opportunity.”

The City of Glendale announced in August that it would not renew its operating agreement with the Coyotes at their current home of Gila River Arena after many years of quarrels. That means the NHL team will play its last season at the Glendale Arena in 2021-2022.

The Coyotes remain in search of a temporary home and said there is not yet a timeline on when an announcement revealing a temporary home would be made.

Prior to moving to Gila River Arena, the team shared a home with the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) Phoenix Suns in downtown Phoenix at what was known then as America West Arena.

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