Voters Reject Public Referenda On Coyotes Proposed Arena Project Tuesday

By NHL Public Relations

May 16, 2023

Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman regarding the results of the arena vote in Tempe, Arizona.

The Arizona Coyotes issued the following statement in response to the results of the special election in Tempe:

We are very disappointed Tempe voters did not approve Propositions 301, 302, and 303. As Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said, it was the best sports deal in Arizona history.

The Coyotes wish to thank everyone who supported our efforts and voted yes. So many community leaders stepped up and became our advocates and for that we are truly grateful.

We also wish to thank the countless volunteers who worked so hard to try and make the Tempe Entertainment District a reality and the Tempe City Council for their support as well. While we wanted a different outcome, we remain grateful to all those who volunteered their time and talent.

What is next for the franchise will be evaluated by our owners and the National Hockey League over the coming weeks.

Arizona Coyotes President and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez

The future of the Arizona Coyotes is unclear after the public vote went against a proposed Tempe Sports and Entertainment district that would have kept the team in the East Valley city.

On the ballot were propositions 301, 302, and 303, which would have removed an unlined landfill next to Tempe Town Lake and replace it with the sports and entertainment district.

The privately funded $2.1 billion project, first proposed in September 2021, included a 16,000-seat arena, a practice rink, two hotels, retail shops, 1,600 apartments, a theater and a sportsbook. The Coyotes estimated the district would generate $13.1 billion of new spending on site (an average of more than $435 million over 30 years).

The Coyotes played their home games at Mullett Arena on the campus of Arizona State University this season. They had played at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, since 2003, before the city ended its lease with the team after the 2021-22 season.


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