In November, 2022, in a unanimous vote, the Tempe City Council gave its enthusiastic support to the proposed Arizona Coyotes arena and entertainment district. The project, dubbed “Landfill to Landmark,” involves the construction of a 16,000-seat arena, two hotels, a 3,500-seat theater, and up to 1,995 residential units on city-owned land at Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive. The total cost is estimated at $2.1 billion, with at least $1.9 billion being privately funded. The site will also require the removal of 1.5 million tons of trash at a cost of $75 million. This is extremely exciting news for the city of Tempe, Arizona.
The project is expected to generate thousands of sustainable jobs and bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue for the city. Coyotes CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez stated, “Our project not only provides a wonderful home for the Coyotes but also serves as a vibrant town square for Tempe.” The project will also include a gambling component, as Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo owns the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada and the Sahara Las Vegas.
The Coyotes previously played at the Gila River Arena in Glendale but the city council did not renew their lease. In the meantime, while awaiting approval and construction of their permanent home in Tempe, the Coyotes have temporarily relocated to Mullett Arena on the campus of Arizona State University, where they will play for the next three seasons with the option for a fourth.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has expressed his support for the Tempe arena project and stated that the league is committed to keeping the Coyotes in Arizona. If the project is approved, the NHL has also promised to bring “an All-Star Game or a (NHL) draft” to Tempe, Arizona.