Coyotes could be kicked out of the arena for unpaid bills – .

Glendale Ends Coyotes Arena Lease After 2021-22 Season – .

The Arizona Coyotes could be kicked out of their arena later this month if the bills aren’t paid, The Athletic’s Katie Strang reports.

Strang reports that the City of Glendale owes approximately $ 250,000 in unpaid municipal taxes for the use of the Gila River Arena.

Strang writes that the Arizona Department of Revenue filed a notice of tax lien against the company that owns the Coyotes for more than $ 1.3 million earlier this month.

According to Strang, if the debt is not settled by Dec. 20, the City of Glendale has told arena managers to deny team employees access to the arena.

The Coyotes’ first game after the deadline is Dec. 23 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The NHL and Coyotes did not immediately respond to Sportsnet’s requests for comment.

The Coyotes have been renting out the Gila River Arena on an annual basis since Glendale City Council voted to withdraw from a long-term, multi-million dollar deal in 2016. Glendale recently announced it would not renew its deal. with the franchise beyond 2021-22 season.

The Coyotes have played at Gila River Arena since leaving America West Arena, which they shared with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, in downtown Phoenix in 2003.

In September, the Coyotes proposed a $ 1.7 billion development in Tempe, a town just east of Phoenix that included a hockey arena, restaurants, shops and apartments on 46 acres of land. near the city center.

The team said the arena will be funded by private investors, but will seek municipal sales tax revenue to help pay $ 200 million in additional costs, including infrastructure work.

The city of Tempe said the assessment process will take several months and include in-depth reviews, with opportunities for community feedback.

Last week, the Coyotes released a statement denying a report that the team was for sale and could be transferred to Houston.

“This is false,” the statement read. “Totally wrong. We don’t sell. We are not moving. The Coyotes are 100% committed to playing in Arizona.

Forbes legal analyst Eric Macramalla had reported that the team was for sale with the intention of eventual relocation to Houston, citing an anonymous banking source.

According to ESPN, the Coyotes are 30th in the 32-team league on average this year with 12,205 fans per game. In a list released Wednesday, Forbes rated the Coyotes as the least valuable NHL franchise at around $ 400 million.

With files from The Associated Press


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