Moving everything out to a city of 250 000 in the first place was a disasterous idea. Not just with regard to the Coyotes, either; iirc they were planning on making the arena a hub for a whole shopping/entertainment district which has never really materialized because of the economy. Even if they stay the fees levied on such a relatively tiny population (this on top of game purchases themselves, which are also going to have to increase) are going to be ridiculous and the Yotes will dig themselves into an even deeper pit than they're in now. They made a woefully poor decision and they're suffering the consequences of it.
First of all, this post is incredibly ridiculous, wrong, and stupid!
The city of Glendale has a population of 250,000 persons. Yes that is correct. But you failed to mention that Glendale is part of the 12th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Phoenix, Peoria, Sun City, Avondale, and Surprise are just the closest neighboring communities to Glendale. There are 4.3 million people who live in this valley, with in a half hours drive. Population has nothing to do with the real issues that surround this franchise.
The reasoning behind putting the arena in Glendale, was the availability of vast farming land, new freeway (Loop 101 and I-10), a rapid growing area called the west valley, and a proposed site for the Arizona Cardinals to play at the next lot over.
I live a mere two blocks from Westgate, which is the area name. I frequently walk over there where there are booming restaurants, bars, nightclubs, movie theatres, and factory outlet stores, like Puma, Quicksilver, and McFarlane. Good luck trying to get a table at any of these restaurants, or a seat at a bar during a Coyotes or Cards game! The place is packed every Friday and Saturday nights as well, non game days. Believe me here. I am an alcoholic that sits at the bar (Saddle Ranch) every weekend night, and Sundays during football, in front of my favorite 110 lb blond bartender, with fake ****, and ass to die for. My seat is literally 40 feet from the ticket window and front doors of Jobing. Maybe your definition of materialized and mine is completely different.
Granted the ticket sales and attendance obviously don't reflect the amount of traffic in the Westgate area. What dip s*** tool bag doesn't understand there are attendance issues with this franchise. I find it amazing that the posters, even veteran posters from LGW consistently spew stupid, incorrect, and ignorant facts about what is really going on in Glendale. In the hockey community, we are constantly inundated with slanted Canadian media letting us all know how bad it is. I am not saying it's a pleasant situation as a devoted hockey fan here. This was all brought on by poor decisions of the original owners who brought this team here. Then bring in a name like Gretzky who absolutely destroyed, covered up, stole, and lied to the fans of this team. The league is now trying to save grace, showing that this f*** face Bettman and former superstar Gretzky don't look like idiots.
I am far from a Coyotes fan. I have been a Red Wings fan since 81-82. I live and die with this team. I often claim I have an emotionally abusive relationship with my hockey team. I love the fact that I can live in a desert and watch hockey. It's amazing to me. Barely born in the United States, to Canadian parents, growing up in southern California, minutes from beautiful beaches, women, and weather year round. And I am neverf****** going back there. That's how nice this area is. I am not af****** real estate agent, but I do take pride where I live, work, and raise my children. And when all you here is people bashing your geographical area, telling us were not hockey fans, and we don't care pisses us off. I hope this saga goes on forever! So each and every one of you people on here that talks s***, and "just wants this over", "just wants this team in Winnipeg", "just wants this team somewhere where they know hockey"! You all act like your paying the bill yourselves for the league to keep this team going! You think your ticket sales are higher, your Center Ice package is higher, and so on. Get over yourself already!
You think the 30 owners want this team to relocate? Your effen high then! The owners run this league, even our beloved Mike and Marian Ilitch. Did you all love Ilitch when he threatened to move the Tigers, "to a city that wants them!" Remember that? When he wasn't getting the response from the community, about passing legislature for money for a new stadium. Look who got his way.
And by the way, to all you Osgood haters. Ozzie was actually at the Saddle Ranch bar Friday night. He sat in the corner with a couple other people not recognized. He preceeded to hit on the female bartender, get drunker then s***, and then rode the mechanical bull! He left at 1130 that night, but before he did he left the bartenders two tickets to sit in the Heineken suite (with Heineken on tap of course), with additional locker room passes for after the game. He showed them to me. They said visitor, Osgood, and the bartenders names. Must be nice, that and a fat 150 dollar tip. All I could say is, 'I hope Howard is on his game Saturday night'. Fortunately he was.