The Phoenix Mayor opposes taxpayer money being used for the Coyotes arena

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has made it clear that she does not support using taxpayer funds for an Arizona Coyotes arena or any other sports arena in the city, according to a statement from her spokesperson, Arielle Devorah. This statement comes in response to the Coyotes’ efforts to acquire land in northeast Phoenix for a new arena.

Mayor Gallego recently had a meeting with team owner Alex Meruelo, during which they discussed his plans to participate in a state land auction and potentially develop the site in north Phoenix. The proposed site is located near Desert Ridge Marketplace, at the northwest corner of the Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road. If successful, Meruelo plans to build a 17,000-seat arena, a 150,000-square-foot practice facility, a concert venue, retail space, and a watch party plaza with a large screen. The entire district would be covered by a 170,000-square-foot canopy.

As part of the sale of the team, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has given the Coyotes five years to secure land and build an arena. Meruelo agreed to sell the team with the understanding that he could reactivate the franchise within those five years if an arena is built, triggering an expansion draft. This process would require him to repay the $1 billion he received from the sale to Ryan Smith. The mayor’s stance on the use of taxpayer funds for sports arenas remains firm

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