The Arizona Coyotes don’t have a place to play beyond this season, and you’d think that would cause some concern.
Publicly, however, the club has maintained an optimistic attitude that a new arena will, indeed, get built in the Phoenix area.
“I’ve never been more confident and excited about the process than I am today,” team president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said Sunday, per Arizona Sports. “Admittedly, these things take more time than any of us expected and humbly, this is the first time I’ve ever been involved in such an extensive development project so I didn’t appreciate that, but people should be comforted by the knowledge that we anticipate communication in the very near future.”
The Coyotes announced in June that they’d picked a site to build the rink; however, they did not name the site. LeBlanc also said at the time that there was a backup plan in case the site did not pan out.
The club has not handled expectations very well during this process, but if it can get something done, all that will be forgotten by the fans.
The Coyotes’ lease in Glendale expires on June 30. It’s possible they could extend the lease while a new arena is built, but you know the drill by now — we’ll have to wait and see how it all shakes out.