Coyotes release statement after Glendale gets AEG to run Gila River Arena


You know it’s spring/summer when there are multiple stories about the Arizona Coyotes’ arena headaches.

Last week, PHT noted that Phoenix’s mayor hopes that the Coyotes will share a new building downtown with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns.

Another wrinkle surfaced on Tuesday, as it appears that the City of Glendale took arena management control of Gila River Arena from the Coyotes and gave it to AEG, a company that runs facilities including the Los Angeles Kings’ Staples Center.

(The Phoenix Business Journal breaks down the deeper details.)

The Coyotes released the following statement regarding this development:

“AEG is a company we know well and are in fact partners in the National Hockey League. We look forward to working with them, and will now await official notice from the City of their plans to transfer management of the arena. At that point, we will begin the 90 days (or less) transfer process. The Coyotes are committed to playing the 2016-17 NHL regular season at Gila River Arena and remain focused on securing a long term arena solution in the Valley that is based upon a true partnership.”

Nowhere in any statement did someone say “Closure will come soon” and, really, who would expect a conclusion after this saga has already persisted for our natural lives all these years?