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LeBlanc on New Arena: ‘We Have Selected a Site’

by Dave Vest / Arizona Coyotes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc on Friday said the team has decided on a location for its next arena.

“We have made some significant progress in the last several weeks and we are down to the point where we have selected a site,” LeBlanc told reporters at the team’s NHL Draft headquarters. “We’re not at liberty to disclose the site at this point, but we are moving forward and are actually in the process of trading legal documentation between us and the organizations that we’re working with. We anticipate getting that done over the next several weeks.”

Anthony LeBlanc. Photo by Norm Hall.

LeBlanc said the site of the new arena would be announced at some point this summer.

The Coyotes are under contract with the City of Glendale to play the 2016-17 season at Gila River Arena.

“I think it’s fair to say that it will be this season plus two more (in Gila River Arena),” LeBlanc said.

LeBlanc and other members of the team’s management staff recently toured new hockey arenas in Las Vegas and Edmonton, and are excited about building a modern rink for the Coyotes.

“This arena will be financed in what’s referred to as a public/private fashion, but more than 50 percent of the financing will be privately done by the Coyotes,” LeBlanc said. “That’s significant.”

The Coyotes were considering multiple sites, but LeBlanc said the time arrived to pick one.

“We’re very, very happy with where we’re moving forward at this point,” LeBlanc said. “We’re now focused on where we envision our long-term future to be in the Valley and that’s a good thing.”

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