When Coyotes take Ozone to Olympic stadium in 2022, the world will be watching
— Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney has a point.
The NHL, which has had a soft spot for the team since the days of the Bobcats, is on the verge of becoming the first major North American league to play in an outdoor stadium with a full-time roof.
It’s a dream that Maloney wants to see play out in a few more years, if the Coyotes and the NBA don’t work out a deal soon.
If they do, Arizona could be in for a new stadium that is more than three times the size of Arizona Stadium, the Coyotes’ current home.
A new facility could be a game changer for a city that is still recovering from a devastating wildfire.
Maloney said that he sees the outdoor facility as an opportunity to build on the Coyotes tradition of playing in arenas.
“I’m really excited to see what happens with that in the next few years,” Maloney said.
Coyotes CEO Anthony LeBlanc said that the outdoor arena is a way for the city to showcase its “talent.”
“We’re going to have to work hard to develop our talent,” LeBlan said.
“We’re trying to be a leader in the NBA, we’re trying the NBA to develop talent in the Phoenix area, so we need to find a way to do that.
We’re going on a roll.”
The NHL has yet to announce any dates for a game in 2019.
The Coyotes play the Los Angeles Kings in their home opener on Nov. 16.
The NHL and the NHLPA have yet to reach an agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement, which will set the league’s collective bargaining conditions for the next decade.
In the meantime, the NHL is trying to build a brand that can bring new fans to the city.
Coyote Stadium is expected to be fully completed in time for the 2019 season.
The NHL will play at its new home in 2022.
This article first appeared on the Arizona Republic website.