The Board's approval is subject to league approval and the finalization of an acceptable lease between the City of Tucson and the Coyotes. To assure that the Board recoups its expenditures, it will likely require a $2.00 surcharge on all hockey tickets sold and require that the team reimburse the District if they choose to leave before the lease terminates.
The Board also expressed an interest in investing in an offsite rink where the team could practice, along with the Arizona Wildcat Hockey team, which would double as a public skating rink when the teams are not practicing.
Mr. Le Blanc indicated the team would be interested in such a public/private partnership conversation.
In other action, the Board approved a $400,000 sponsorship of the new Arizona Bowl, held at the University of Arizona stadium around the Christmas holiday. Board members will negotiate several downtown components to the bowl game with the hope to rival the events surrounding the Phoenix bowl games.