The Arizona Coyotes have lengthy appeared a franchise in flux, treading water in a non-traditional hockey market as arena and possession questions swirled.
Relocation rumors have inevitably adopted, however Andrew Barroway sought to put the fan base comfortable Thursday in his first public feedback since assuming full possession of the group.
“Let’s put this to bed: We’re not relocating,” Barroway stated, via the Arizona Republic, including: “We couldn’t be any more committed to Arizona and the Valley, and the biggest project at hand is to find a home in the right place for the Coyotes in Arizona.”
While Barroway has no intention of shifting the Coyotes out of city, his prime precedence is discovering the staff a new residence within the Phoenix space. The franchise has performed at Gila River Arena in suburban Glendale since December 2003 however has been clear about its want to safe a new facility.
Earlier this week, the Coyotes employed former Texas and Arizona State athletic director Steve Patterson as president and CEO to oversee a revamped entrance workplace. He beforehand labored for the Texans, Rockets and Trail Blazers and is predicted to make discovering a new residence a prime precedence — which it already is to Barroway.
“I get up in the morning thinking about a new stadium,” Barroway stated. “I go to sleep thinking about a new stadium. Once we get that, we’re going to be one of the premier places to play in the league.”