City of Glendale to move forward with plans to end Coyotes arena agreement

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Following a one-hour closed-door city council meeting on Tuesday, the City of Glendale has decided to go forward with its plans to end a 15-year, $225 million agreement with the Arizona Coyotes.

“Let me be clear. This is not about hockey. We want the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, and we want more than anything for the Arizona Coyotes to succeed in Glendale,” said Glendale interim assistant city manager Tom Duensing, per The Arizona Republic. “As we have consistently indicated to the team, we are willing to negotiate a mutual agreement where everybody is a winner.”

Last Friday, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge granted the Arizona Coyotes’ request for a temporary injunction to keep the city from voiding the team’s arena deal.

Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc told reporters last week that the club planned on filing a request for injunctive relief and a claim for damages of $200 million.

“We expect the City of Glendale to honor its contractual commitments. We intend to continue to honor ours,” the Coyotes said in a statement via Twitter.

The club released its preseason schedule for next season on Tuesday. Just one of the six games will be played at Gila River Arena.

The next court date for this case is scheduled for June 29.

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