Coyotes meet with Mesa about possible stadium at Sloan ParkPosted: Updated:
The Arizona Coyotes are raising the possibility that they could move to Mesa.
The team confirmed Coyotes representatives met with city officials about a possible stadium at Sloan Park. The area is already the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs.
"We are exploring multiple options for a new arena in the Valley and Sloane (sic) Park has been raised as one," said Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc in an email.
"We have met with the Arizona Coyotes to discuss current legislation and many possible stadium sites including downtown, the Fiesta area and Riverview Park," said Mesa City Manager Chris Brady in an email. "The team was interested in seeing how our agreement with the Chicago Cubs worked when we built Sloan Park and we shared that with them."
This comes about a month after a deal to have a new stadium built in Tempe fell through.
It was first proposed in November and the stadium would have been situated on the northwest corner of Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive. However, on Feb. 3, it was announced that the agreement between Arizona State University and the team for a joint arena was called off.
The Coyotes had planned to pay for about half of the $400 million project. The rest of money was to come from tax credits, ASU, the City of Tempe or some other sort of public money.
Speaking of public money, the organization is still pushing to use taxpayer dollars for their new stadium. A bill that recently passed a Senate committee would let the Coyotes use half the new sales tax generated from a new arena and business district it wants built to pay off bonds.
[READ MORE: Arizona Senate panel advances Coyotes arena proposal]
The Coyotes have a year-to-year lease on a taxpayer-funded arena in Glendale. They want a new facility either in downtown Phoenix or on the east side of metro Phoenix.
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