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In Coyotes’ search for new arena, ‘things are moving pretty quickly’

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PNI Coyotes Deal 0611


Their marriage with Glendale nearing an end, the Arizona Coyotes say they’re making progress towards finding a new home in the Phoenix area.

“I don’t think anything has progressed to a point where it would be prudent to state what options look like but things are moving pretty quickly; in particular with a couple of these options,” Coyotes CEO Anthony LeBlanc told Arizona Sports. “The city of Phoenix has been the most vocal. They have an NBA franchise (Suns) that they are very tied to and they want to ensure there’s no hiccup in regards to that.”

There are other local options besides Phoenix. Click on the story to read about those. (ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun also reported on them last week.)

But barring an unexpected reconciliation with the city of Glendale, it definitely sounds like Gila River Arena, where they’re not even bothering to upgrade the WiFi anymore, won’t be home for much longer.

“At some point you have to make a decision that you can’t continue to talk to a wall,” LeBlanc said. “You have to accept reality and look at what your alternatives are.”

Related: Back downtown for Coyotes?