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NHL World Reacts To The Coyotes Arena News

General view of the Arizona Coyotes arena.

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 18: General view of the opening faceoff between Nick Schmaltz #8 of the Arizona Coyotes and Robert Thomas #18 of the St. Louis Blues during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on October 18, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 7-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

On Thursday morning, the NHL world received some interesting and somewhat confusing news.

According to a report from NHL insider Craig Morgan, the Arizona Coyotes made a very odd decision. "The Coyotes are in advanced discussions with ASU to use the university's new multi-purpose arena as their temporary home for the next 3-4 years," the report said.

Arizona State's facility holds just 5,000 fans, which is significantly less than every NHL arena. While the Coyotes wait for their new stadium to be finished, the team could take a significant financial hit.

Of course, the team's potential decision caused quite the stir on social media. One reporter talked about the legality of the Coyotes playing in front of a substantially smaller crowd than other teams.

"The NHL's capacity requirements are for full-time buildings. Due to this being a temporary/transitional situation, I'm told an exception could be made to allow it," NHL reporter David Pagnotta said.

To make matters worse, the Coyotes would reportedly foot the bill for their own team area. "Craig with a compelling update. Not just the fact the Coyotes are facing home games with a 5,000 seat capacity, but another dynamic: They can’t use ASU team areas, they have to build their own, and will be on the hook for $15-20 million," NHL insider Mike Benton said.

This seems like a bad deal all around for the Coyotes, who are already amongst the lowest team in terms of fan attendance.

The team currently averages just under 14,000 fans per game.