Rio Nuevo adopts hockey budget agreement

Rio Nuevo adopts hockey budget agreement

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Rio Nuevo board unanimously adopted a budget agreement on Wednesday, May 18, that will enable a minor-league hockey team to move into the Tucson Convention Center.

The board approved a budget of $3.6 million to be used for renovations necessary to make the TCC ready for an American Hockey League team recently purchased by the Arizona Coyotes to be their top farm team.

Renovations, which include upgrades to locker rooms, establishing the ice floor and the purchase of a Zamboni ice resurfacer, will begin immediately.

The board had already voted in April to pay for the upgrades based on estimates that included two phases of work.

The Tucson city council voted on Tuesday to approve the team's lease agreement, which was the last major hurdle in bringing pro hockey to Tucson.

The team will play during the 2016-17 season, which begins in October.

READ MORE: City leaders approve lease, last step in bringing pro hockey to Tucson

The Coyotes were expected to sign off on the deal on Wednesday. The team needed the city's OK before it could sign a contract.

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