Emails give insight into Tempe’s arena dealings with Coyotes

Bill Armstrong (left) oversaw his first draft as Coyotes General Manager. (Photo via Arizona Coyotes Press Release.)

By Brandon Brown | Phoenix Business Journal

Although the Arizona Coyotes are working this month on their proposal to respond to the city of Tempe’s recent RFP for a new sports arena and mixed-use development, emails obtained by the Business Journal through a public records request have shown that the lobbying and groundwork for such a plan has been a solid, consistent effort by the NHL team for more than two years.

The Coyotes have been using Gila River Arena in Glendale on a year-to-year lease, and the team has expressed interest in moving out of the West Valley for years. Some of the earliest emails from 2019 show that the topic of moving the team out of Glendale was already being discussed, in subtle and not so subtle ways.

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