The Arizona Coyotes will once again have a new building to call home.
According to a report from PHNX Sports’ Craig Morgan, the Arizona Board of Regents has approved the capital development plan to add NHL quality facilities to Arizona State University’s multi-purpose arena in order to make it a suitable temporary home for the Coyotes beginning next season.
As Morgan reports, the Coyotes are expected to use ASU’s arena as their home rink for the next three seasons, with the board also approving the team to extend its stay past that timeline if need be.
The upgrades outlined in the development plan are expected to take place at the northeast corner of the arena, likely requiring the removal of approximately 1,500 of the rink’s 5,000 total seats and taking what was already set to be the NHL’s smallest home crowd by far and shrinking it even further.
The Coyotes do not plan to make ASU’s facility their home for too long, as the organization is currently awaiting approval from the city of Tempe to begin construction on a new indoor ice facility and entertainment venue that will house the team for the foreseeable future.
Of course, that plan has not been given the green light as of yet. And given the Coyotes’ rocky history with arena developments, it’s unclear if it ever will.
For now, though, the Coyotes have a home. Good for them.