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Desert Oasis: New Ownership Group Generating Significant Buzz For Coyotes
Published December 10, 2013
THE GREAT OUTDOORS: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly yesterday said that Phoenix is "prepared to host an outdoor game." FOXSPORTSARIZONA.com's Craig Morgan cited a source as saying that the Coyotes ownership group has "approached the league about doing just that." If the game "comes to fruition -- and much must still be sorted out before that happens -- it likely would be held at Chase Field during Super Bowl week in 2015, when the NFL's marquee event is being hosted at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1." The stadium's retractable roof would "help mitigate the potential for weather issues, but the challenge would be to sell 50,000-plus seats for the game, likely requiring a marquee opponent" such as the Blackhawks (FOXSPORTSARIZONA.com, 12/9). ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun cited a source as saying that it was "still premature at this point to confirm any potential cities for outdoor games next season" (ESPN.com, 12/9).