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Coyotes, Gila River Casino agree on arena name deal @NHL

The Arizona Coyotes announced Wednesday that the franchise and Gila River Casinos have agreed to terms on a nine-year partnership agreement that would include changing the name of the team's home arena to Gila River Arena.

The agreement is pending approval from the Glendale City Council on Sept. 9.

"On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization and IceArizona, we are thrilled to partner with Gila River Casinos and the Gila River Indian Community," Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. "Like the Coyotes, the Gila River Indian Community prides themselves on their commitment to business excellence and to their community. Pending Glendale City Council approval, we are looking forward to having Gila River's prestigious and reputable name associated with our great hockey team and our state-of-the-art arena. This will be a great fit for both the Coyotes and Gila River Casinos."

The building formerly named Arena has been home to the Coyotes since Dec. 27, 2003.

"As a long-term partner of the Arizona Coyotes, Gila River Casinos and the Gila River Indian Community are delighted to partner with the Arizona Coyotes as a naming partner," said Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors for Gila Casinos. "On behalf of Gila River Casinos I would like to thank the Arizona Coyotes and Rosette Law for working so diligently to complete the naming rights agreement. We extend our sincerest gratitude to both organizations for their continued support and partnership. Gila River Casinos places a great deal of importance on being a good partner in the communities we work and live in, and this partnership provides the perfect opportunity to support long term economic growth and development to the city of Glendale and the state of Arizona."

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