Arizona Coyotes’ plan to build arena at ASU would need support of taxpayers, legislators

An artist rendering of the exterior of the Coyotes new arena in Tempe, Arizona. This is only a rendering and is subject to change. /Photo: Arizona Coyotes
An artist rendering of the exterior of the Coyotes new arena in Tempe, Arizona. This is only a rendering and is subject to change.
/Photo: Arizona Coyotes

By Jeff Metcalfe and Craig Harris | The Republic

The Arizona Coyotes unveiled a plan Monday to build a new home in Tempe, with the team proposing to pick up half the cost of a new $400 million hockey arena and taxpayers picking up the balance.

The proposed deal would make the Coyotes one of the first tenants in Arizona State University’s Athletic Facilities District, but it would need approval from lawmakers when they convene in January. The team said it does not yet have any lawmakers lined up to push needed legislation through the Republican-controlled Legislature. The National Hockey League franchise also would need concessions from ASU as part of a land lease.

At this point, it is unclear if there is state support for the plan. No ASU officials or lawmakers attended Monday’s announcement, and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office declined to comment on it.

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