Coyotes to play 2022-23 season in newly named ‘Mullett Arena’

The Arizona Coyotes are trying to build the club a new home. (Ralph Freso/AP)

The multi-purpose arena at Arizona State University, where the Arizona Coyotes are scheduled to play their next three seasons, has been named ‘Mullett Arena’, according to a press release from the university.

The facility, named in honour of philanthropists and ASU donors Donald “Donze” and Barbara Mullett, holds 5,000 seats and two NHL regulation-size ice sheets.

The Coyotes are set to play their home games at Mullett Arena through the 2024-25 season, with an option to remain in the 2025-26 season.

The Coyotes spent the previous 18 years at Gila River Arena in Glendale before the city cut ties with the franchise following the 2021-22 season. A dispute between the city and the team over tax delinquencies and unpaid rink charges in early December of 2021 set in motion the city’s decision not to renew the agreement.

In February, the Coyotes announced they had reached a multi-year agreement with ASU to play at the Sun Devils’ new facility, located in Tempe.

After the announcement, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman defended the Coyotes, saying that teams playing in smaller venues was not an unprecedented move in the NHL, citing several current teams that have played in small arenas in the past.

“You do what you have to do when you believe in a market long-term.” Bettman said in June.

The Coyotes are hoping to remain in Tempe following the agreement with ASU as negotiations are in preliminary stages amongst the Tempe city council and other stakeholders for a proposed $2 billion multi-entertainment complex and arena that would host the team.

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