The city of Glendale has informed Arizona Coyotes that it will withdraw from the joint lease held by the two parties for the Gila River Arena. This means the National Hockey League team will be homeless at the end of the 2021-2022 season.
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Conflicts between Team and City have been frequently reported in the media over the years, though not in recent months. Negotiations for lease extension and amphitheater restoration, among other things, are no longer in progress.
This time, the missing payments will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, as the coyotes owe more than $ 1.4 million.
Kevin Phelps, director of the City of Glendale, which oversees day-to-day operations and is responsible for the deal between Coyotes and ASM Global, explained his decision at a session to City Council members, the company that manages the arena. He also informed the Coyotes member about the decision. The ASM Global executive is also expected to alert the Betman circuit and issue an official notice to the coyotes.
“Last year, due to the epidemic, we agreed to waive some of the money owed to Arena,” Phelps said in a letter to ASM Global Vice President Chuck Steedman, as well as Gila’s General Manager. River Arena, Dale Adams, and Athletic got their hands on it. In doing so, the coyotes agreed to meet their future financial obligations under the lease, which it did not. ”
Phelps said more than $ 300,000 of the debt was related to bills more than four months old. It seems to have reached a point of no return between the two parties.
“We made our decision,” Phelps said. I never had the occasion to see that we were half-open the door again. ”
Quebec, a choice?
Naturally, as soon as a team threatened to lose its home, the question arose as to whether Nordics should return to Quebec.
In 2015, the city of Quebec submitted a proposal to maintain the 31st establishment of the Betman Circuit. However, Las Vegas was awarded the Golden Knights. As the amphitheater is built and ready to host the franchise, the city of La Belle Province hopes to find the team that lost in 1995.
However, Gary Betman and the National League often tried to find new, better land to keep coyotes in Arizona. It also targets a company in the city of Tempe, a suburb of Phoenix.