Arizona Coyotes’ $395 million arena plan gets new life

By Craig Harris , Jessica Boehm and Anne Ryman | The Republic

The Arizona Coyotes could get $225 million in public funding for a new arena it wants in downtown Phoenix or the East Valley. The NHL club says playing in Glendale doesn’t work anymore.

The Arizona Coyotes could receive $225 million in public financing for a new arena that would go in downtown Phoenix or the East Valley under legislation approved by a state Senate committee Tuesday.

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Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, sponsored and pushed through the bill for the Coyotes, who want out of Gila River Arena, a 13-year-old facility built mostly by Glendale taxpayers. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns also are unhappy about playing in older facilities in downtown Phoenix and want new buildings.

Worsley acknowledged the legislation could help the Diamondbacks and Suns, but said it was intended to help the Coyotes.

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