Morning Meltdown – Arizona Coyotes Edition


For this Morning Meltdown let’s take a look at some of the buzz surrounding the Arizona Coyotes, from their newly named stadium to their themed game nights.

The home of the Coyotes officially became Gila River Arena Wednesday, signaling the beginning of a nine-year partnership between the organization and Gila River Casinos.

"“”This is an exciting day for us,” Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said Wednesday following a ceremony outside the arena to recognize the name change that had Gov. Jan Brewer, Gila River Community Gov. Gregory Mendoza, President of the Board of Directors for Gila River Casinos Deborah Griffin and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers in attendance along with General Manager Don Maloney, coach Dave Tippett, captain Shane Doan and goalie Mike Smith. “It’s a culmination of many months of working to ensure that we have a naming rights partner that we feel proud of, that we feel we can help, that we can help each other.”This deal marks the first federally recognized tribal naming-rights deal for a sports venue with a major professional sports league in the U.S. In addition to naming rights, Gila River will receive premier signage on the facility which the team is hopeful will be up by Opening Night Oct.9.“That’s definitely what we’re aiming for,” LeBlanc said.”"

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The Arizona Coyotes announced the schedule for their theme nights and promotions during the 2014-15 season Monday.

"“The Coyotes kick off their season on Oct. 9 against the Winnipeg Jets. All fans in attendance on Opening Night will receive a special Coyotes T-shirt and magnet schedule.Other giveaway nights include “Howl-O-Ween” on Oct. 25 against the Florida Panthers, when the first 5,000 children in attendance will receive a pillowcase to go trick-or-treating on the suite levels. On Jan. 3 against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the first 5,000 fans will receive a fleece blanket.Bobblehead nights will occur on Nov. 8 against the New York Islanders — aka Hockey Fights Cancer Night — when the first 5,000 fans can get an Oliver Ekman-Larsson bobblehead, and Throwback Night on March 5 against the Vancouver Canucks, when the first 5,000 will receive a Jeremy Roenick bobble head.”"

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