Should the city of Glendale spend taxpayer dollars to keep the Coyotes?
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It is a good time to be a Phoenix Coyotes fan. With hockey playoffs just a few days away, all the attention is on just how far this team can go. But beyond that, it's tough to get excited because the Coyotes' futture in Glendale remains unclear.
"Yeah, I heard there was a rumor that they were going to move to Canada maybe, or a colder weather climate because they just can't get the people here," said Denny Schroder.
Right now, the NHL itself owns the team.
Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs says the NHL promised to find a new buyer, but there's no word from the league. That means it could cost Glendale $25 million to keep the team come May.
The mayor has said the league told her the city wouldn't have to pay because they'd sell the team before the money was due. Now the clock is ticking and next season is up in the air.
That leaves Westgate waitresses like Ashley Williams trying to soak up as many game days as possible.
"It's packed wall to wall," Williams said. "It's a difference of three to four times our sales and how much money we're going to take home."
And fans are asking the City of Glendale to do whatever possible to keep the Coyotes in town. For many, that includes taking their tax money to do it.
"I'd be devastated," fan Luciano Gonzales. "Especially with this establishment going on here at Westgate. It just think this is the perfect spot for them."
We contacted Scruggs, but she is not making any public comment on the issue outside of City Council meetings.