Arizona State University announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday that its new multi-purpose facility that will temporarily host the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes will be called Mullett Arena.
The rink/practice area that will also host the Sun Devils hockey team will be called the Mountain America Community Iceplex.
The arena’s name comes from the Mullett family, supporters of the school’s hockey program and Sun Devil Athletics. ASU credits the Mullett family with helping the hockey team achieve Division I status in 2014.
All of the Coyotes’ home games from 2022-23 through 2024-25 will be played in Tempe, with an additional option for 2025-26. Arizona is currently awaiting approval and construction of a permanent stadium project along the south side of Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe.
The Coyotes’ first home game in ASU’s multi-purpose arena is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 28 against the Winnipeg Jets.
Arizona will play the entire preseason away or at neutral sites, although it has a game in Tucson. Next, the Coyotes kick off the regular season with a six-game road trip before making their debut at the 5,000-seat arena.
The agreement for the temporary use of the ASU arena was approved by the Arizona Board of Regents in February.
The Coyotes will also move their offices to the East Valley.
“The National Hockey League thanks Arizona State University for their support of the Coyotes during this transition period and for what will only be their last major commitment to developing our game in the Valley,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in a February press release about the ASU deal.
The Coyotes have played the past 19 seasons at Gila River Arena in Glendale. However, the City of Glendale and arena manager ASM Global told the Coyotes last year that the team had to vacate the site at the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
Gila River Arena was renamed Desert Diamond Arena on Tuesday, Glendale announced.