Coyotes could clash for cash at the Capitol

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An artist rendering of the outside of the new Coyotes arena. (Source: Arizona Coyotes) An artist rendering of the outside of the new Coyotes arena. (Source: Arizona Coyotes)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Coyotes' biggest brawl this season could happen off the ice. 

The team announced plans this week to build a new $400 million arena that would move the club from Glendale to Tempe in three years. But they'll need the state Legislature to divert $200 million in taxpayer money to make it happen.

"Why are taxpayers paying for private industry, knowing we need more money for education because we have teachers leaving in droves and one of the things they're concerned about is pay," said Rep. Richard Andrade, a Democrat from Glendale

It's hard to tell if other lawmakers are as cold to the plan as Andrade. That's because the team hasn't reached out to many state leaders.

During a press conference Monday, the Coyotes' president and CEO, Anthony LeBlanc, said they will start lobbying legislators this week. 

"There is no question that we are going to have some form of public-private partnership to make this work," LeBlanc said. 

The team proposes to put up half of the $400 million for the project with the rest coming in the form of tax breaks. 

The new facility would be built on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe and hold 16,000 seats. 

In order for the arena to open for the 2019-2020 season, a deadline to start construction has been set for June. 

However, some question if the state should invest in another sports facility. 

Public interest attorney Tom Ryan believes the money would be better spent on those who need the help. 

"These are just playgrounds for the wealthy," Ryan said. "The average person who's getting taxed for this, they're not going to be able to go and enjoy a game like that, that's just a myth."

[RELATED: Glendale bars, restaurants try to imagine area without Coyotes hockey]

[RELATED: Arizona Coyotes plan move to Tempe]

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