The Coyotes’ future in Arizona is in doubt after voters shot down the NHL team’s plan for a multibillion-dollar entertainment district in Tempe.
Despite the recent setback, the Coyotes plan to play at Mullett Arena on the campus of Arizona State University for the 2023-24 season.
The Coyotes’ social media team decided to lighten the mood amid the franchise’s tense situation. On Friday, the team’s Twitter account promised to reveal plans for a new arena if fans accumulated enough likes on a particular tweet.
“Pack, if this tweet gets 20k likes by the end of the day we will leak our new arena plans,” the tweet said.
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About three hours later, the tweet apparently drew enough likes, and the Coyotes delivered a hilarious video about their so-called stadium plans.
“The wait is over. Click the link below,” the Coyotes account wrote in a tweet.
The link redirected fans to a website with “New Arena Plans” displayed at the top.
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Fans had been Rickrolled. The website featured the video for Rick Astley’s 1987 hit song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
It was a subtle way of telling Coyotes supporters the fight to keep the team for the long term was not over.
On Thursday, the team’s social media team posted a poll, asking fans which suburban city they would like to see a new arena be built.
Scottsdale, Arizona, was crowned the winner, with Mesa coming in a distant second.
The uncertainty surrounding the franchise, which has called Arizona home since 1996, has only fueled speculation the team will soon relocate to a different market.
Several cities have been rumored as landing spots for the NHL franchise should it ultimately pack up and move.
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Markets such as Atlanta, Houston, Salt Lake City, Kansas City and Quebec City have all been mentioned.