coyotes Arizona’s future is in jeopardy after voters rejected a plan by NHL teams to build a multi-billion dollar entertainment district in Tempe.
Despite recent setbacks, the Coyotes will play at Mallet Arena on the campus of Arizona State University for the 2023-24 season.
The Coyotes’ social media team decided to soften the mood amidst the franchise’s tense situation. On Friday, the team’s Twitter account promised to reveal plans for a new arena if fans amassed enough likes on a particular tweet.
“Pac, if this tweet gets 20,000 likes by the end of the day, I’ll reveal my new arena plans,” the tweet read.
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About three hours later, the tweet apparently had enough likes that the Coyotes delivered a hilarious video about their so-called stadium plans.
The Coyote account tweeted, “The wait is over. Click the link below.”
The link redirected fans to the website, with “New Arena Plans” displayed at the top.
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Fans were excited. The website featured the video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
It was a subtle way of telling Coyotes supporters that the battle to keep the team for the long haul wasn’t over yet.
On Thursday, the team’s social media team posted a poll asking fans which suburban cities would like to see a new arena built.
Scottsdale, Arizona won, with Mesa coming in second.
The uncertainty surrounding the franchise, which has been based in Arizona since 1996, has only fueled speculation that the team will soon move to another market.
Several cities are rumored as landing sites NHL The franchise will eventually have to pack up and relocate.
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Markets like Atlanta, Houston, Salt Lake City, Kansas City and Quebec City are all mentioned.