Sources: Coyotes tap Manica as architect for Tempe project

It is unclear whether the Coyotes' Tempe project will move forward under its current plan or if it will need to be revisedCoyotes

The Coyotes have selected K.C.-based Manica Architecture to "help develop an 18,000-seat arena proposed as part of a $1.7 billion mixed-use project in Tempe," according to sources cited by Don Muret of VENUES NOW. Sources added that "no contract has been signed" between the Coyotes and Manica Architecture, though. The Coyotes also had "no comment," and Manica Architecture President & Owner David Manica in an email wrote that he "could not comment after signing a nondisclosure agreement." Gensler and Populous were the "other two finalists for the Coyotes’ project." It is "unknown" which architect Manica "may pair up with in Tempe." It also "remains unclear" whether the project will "move forward under the team’s current plan" (, 1/13).

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: SBJ's Bret McCormick writes Gila River Arena is moving toward a future less reliant on sports. Once the Coyotes’ term as the venue’s anchor tenant ends after this NHL season, Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps said that live entertainment will be the venue’s new focus, and the focus of HOK’s modernization of the arena. Sports will still have some presence though, as PBR, pro lacrosse, college basketball and arena football will help fill open dates. Work on design priorities is underway, though HOK Senior Project Designer Rashed Singaby said there is not yet a deadline for a completed design. The arena opened in '03 but has never had a significant renovation. Increased flexibility baked into the seating bowl will be a key aspect of the new design, as well as enhancing various aspects of the fan experience, and, accordingly, revenue-generation. Glendale officials studied large arenas that have made live entertainment their primary focus, such as T-Mobile Center in K.C. (also operated by ASM Global) and The Forum in Inglewood. Phelps said the goal is to keep project costs in the high eight-figure to low-nine figure range, and because the city won’t have to take on a major amount of new debt, the arena “can be very aggressive in offering revenue splits to promoters in order to win their tours’ business" (SBJ Unpacks).

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