Arizona Coyotes Should Consider These 5 Features For New Arena

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Apr 10, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Aerial view of University of Phoenix Stadium (left), home of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. Also visible is the Gila River Arena in the Westgate Entertainment District , home of the Arizona Coyotes NHL hockey team. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Arizona Coyotes announced a plan to build a new, shared arena with Arizona State University in Tempe by the start of the 2019-2020 season. With a new stadium has to come some new amenities, right?

Last month, the Arizona Coyotes finally got around to settling on a new arena plan.

The team announced that they had struck a deal with Arizona State University to build a new dual arena complex near the northwest corner of McClintock and Rio Salado on the current ASU Karstens Golf Course.

The new arena location has decent access, despite being near a freeway pinch point, and is closer to areas with demographics more likely to consume hockey games (college students, middle class families in the East Valley), which means both attendance and interest should rise due to it’s location.

But now that the organization has shifted their focus from a location to the actual building plan itself, the team should really consider how to make the fan experience one of a kind while going through this process.

The team has grown it’s hockey footprint in the desert considerably over the last couple years, but making something of spectacle could draw in even more curious people who could end up being fans some day.

So here are five ways the the fan experience at the new arena could be upped, both for the Arizona Coyotes as well as the Arizona State Sun Devils.