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Arizona Coyotes avoid lockout of Glendale arena for unpaid rent and taxes

Published: Tuesday, December 21, 2021 - 1:00pm
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New numbers from Glendale show the Arizona Coyotes were more than $2 million behind on bills when the city threatened to evict the hockey team from its arena.

Glendale said the Coyotes have met a deadline to pay all taxes and back rent.

Glendale said the Coyotes have paid more than $900,000 in rent to the company the city pays to manage Gila River Arena.

Add roughly $1.3 million in state and city taxes, and the National Hockey League franchise owed more than $2.2 million when Glendale threatened eviction about two weeks ago.

The Coyotes next home game is scheduled for Dec. 27, as long as the NHL does not extend a pause of its season due to a spike in COVID-19 infections.

Glendale has told the Coyotes to find a new home for next season because city officials think the arena can generate more revenue without the team.

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