Major Arena Upgrade in Top Contender City for NHL Expansion Puts Pressure on Arizona

Published October 8, 2023 at 1:52 PM
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One of the top contender city to get an NHL team made major upgrades to their arena, which could be an indication that the Coyotes' time in Arizona might be ending soon.

Houston's Toyota Center Prepares for NHL Team



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The Arizona Coyotes have been facing the risk of losing their team for a while now, and their ongoing struggle to secure an NHL-quality arena is increasing the likelihood of their relocation.


Now, it seems that the Toyota Center in Houston is taking steps to become NHL-ready.

Of note: The renovation underway at Houston's Toyota Center will include the installation of ice-making equipment that will ensure the building can ultimately be NHL-ready.


Houston's NHL Aspirations and Other Cities Put Pressure on Arizona



Whether or not the Coyotes make the move to Houston, the interest from several cities in acquiring an NHL franchise is undeniably putting pressure on the Coyotes to find a viable solution.

Similar to @NHL in terms of no official process, yet plenty of interest expressed from the following and more ** In No Particular Order**

- Quebec City
- Salt Lake City
- South Forsyth (Metro Atlanta)
- Houston
- Portland
- San Diego
- 2nd Club GTA Toronto


"Toyota Center will undergo $30M of renovations, including adding ice-making equipment suitable for maintaining a rink, according to
@HoustonChron"


As the NHL eagerly looks to expand, having a city that struggles to provide an NHL-caliber arena does not bode well for its future prospects in the league.

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