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Tempe Council approves plan for new Arizona Coyotes arena

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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Tempe City Council unanimously approved a proposal for a new arena for the Arizona Coyotes and…

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Tempe City Council has unanimously approved a proposal for a new Arizona Coyotes arena and entertainment district, clearing the way for a public vote on the project next year.

The City Council approved the proposal 7-0 late Tuesday night after a lengthy meeting that included NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

The $2.1 billion project will include a 16,000-seat arena, an ice rink, 1,600 apartments, two hotels and a theater. The approval of the project was the last step before it was submitted to a referendum on May 16.

The team currently plays in the 5,000-seat Mullett Arena in Arizona, the smallest arena in the NHL.

The Coyotes have been looking for a permanent home since the city of Glendale backed out of its multimillion-dollar lease on the Gila River Arena. Arizona was playing on a one-year lease until Glendale said it would not be renewed through the 2022-23 season.

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