ASU athletics seems to making some moves that may shape the future of all their sports programs.
Coyotes co-owner CEO and president Anthony LeBlanc revalved the following according to KNXV-TV, the Valley’s ABC affiliate.
LeBlanc noted a “tight alliance with Arizona State University,” since the NCAA-level university hockey team is playing several home games at the Coyotes’ current base, Glendale’s Gila River Arena.
“LeBlanc said a move back to downtown Phoenix or to the East Valley, potentially Tempe, where Arizona State is located, would be ‘positive across the board’ for the Coyotes in terms of ticket sales, merchandise and the overall marketing and interest of the team,” wrote NHL.com’s Dan Rosen.
Arizona State is requesting bids from firms to update its athletic facilities master plan, including a new arena for one or more sports.
The athletic facilities master plan top priority is a new arena that would be combined with an renovated Wells Fargo Arena as homes for basketball, hockey, volleyball, wrestling and gymnastics.
A few of the arena options ASU is considering:
- To renovate Wells Fargo Arena for men’s and women’s basketball and use the new arena for the other sports.
- To convert Wells Fargo Arena into a hockey venue and build a new arena for basketball and the other sports.
- To build one new arena for all five sports.
- To build a hockey-only arena.
Request for qualifications responses from interested firms are due Dec. 18 with a selection decision scheduled to be made in January and planning work expected to begin in February.