The Arizona Coyotes will be celebrating their 38th season as a team in the upcoming season which is an impressive statistics when you look at the history of hockey teams. Hockey is a unique sport that attracts a smaller crowd than other major sports such as the NFL and MLB, but it’s fans are a lot more die hard than most other sports. Hockey has had some of the most interesting rituals in sports history including but not limited to throwing real octopus onto the ice after a Red Wings game. While the Coyotes don’t have any wild rituals such as this one, they still have a fairly loyal fan base. One of the problems with the Coyotes is that their stadium is too far out of the way for fans to travel to. This problem might be solved in the near future as talks of opening a new stadium in Tempe, Arizona have been covering news headlines for the past couple of weeks. The stadium is going to cost about four hundre million dollars so you can tell the owners are willing to spend a good amount of money to increase their fan base and all around presence in Arizona.
The Coyotes haven’t been making headlines in the past couple of years so it’s probably a nice change of pace for them to be in the lime light. Their fans on the East side are all screaming out praises while their fans on the West side that are already conveniently located close to their arena, are screaming out obscenities. The Coyotes had just a little over 13,000 attendees at their games last season which isn’t much lower than their all time high. Back when the team first originated in 1996, they pulled in over 15,000 fans to their games. The Coyotes owners are looking to highly increase that number with a new stadium and a new team for the 2016 & 2017 season.
Last season the Coyotes were lacking a player that’s good under pressure and could score goals when they needed it most. Their goalie actually had a pretty outstanding year and was able to keep the amount of goals scored against them to an almost record low. We think that if the Coyotes want to move forward and improve upon their last season, the stadium is certainly a good start. It’s been proven that teams perform better when they have a sell out crowd that’s cheering them on as opposed to not having the stadium seats filled. If they can pick up a franchise player this offseason, I think they’ll have a good chance at making the playoffs this year.