The Arizona Coyotes now find themselves without a home.
The city of Glendale announced Thursday it had decided not to renew its operating agreement with the hockey team beyond the upcoming 2021-22 season, which will still be played at Gila River Arena.
“With an increased focus on larger, more impactful events and uses of the city-owned arena, the city of Glendale has chosen to not renew the operating agreement for the Arizona Coyotes beyond the coming 2021-22 season,” the statement said.
The statement continued, saying the Coyotes had been informed of the decision. The agreement with the National Hockey League team had been operating on a year-to-year basis since 2016.
“We are thankful to the NHL and the Arizona Coyotes for being part of the Glendale community for the past 18 years,” Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps said in a statement. “The decision to not renew the operating agreement with the Coyotes was not made overnight or in a vacuum. We carefully weighed input from key stakeholders, our expert economist, our arena management firm and our city council.”
In a statement, Coyotes President and CEO Xavier Gutierrez said the team was disappoined Glendale pulled the plug on negotiations and sought to move on.
The news comes as Glendale continues to invest in the Westgate Sports and Entertainment District; the city has spent approximately $3 billion in the area to date.
The city will also soon be home to a brand-new Mattel theme park and Crystal Lagoons Island Resort, which is set to open ahead of the Glendale-hosted Super Bowl in 2023.
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