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New company steps in to manage arena


The arena opened 10 years ago, and it has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Now a new management company is in charge and the businesses nearby are hoping for a change. 

The folks at Taps in Glendale are used to seeing the crowds come and go at the mercy of the arena.

"We do have some overflow after different sports activities," said manager Dawn Brown.

But the current calendar for looks pretty depressing. After hockey wraps up in April, the next event isn't until August. 

"Definitely hopeful for the summer months, it's always kind of hard to say," Brown said.

"I wouldn't say that's a red flag, that's just us coming in and we're working to build those things," said Monty Jones Jr., who just got hired as the general manager for the arena. 

The new owners of the Coyotes hired company Global Spectrum to manage the arena. They're no strangers to the valley - they already run the University of Phoenix stadium next door. 

"We have 120 facilities so we have those extra resources to help us build what is," Jones said.

Jones said Phoenix is very competitive, but they're hoping to use their connections to attract more events.

"You always hope for the best but expect the worst," Brown said.

Several executives from Global Spectrum are in town this week to get a good look at the arena and the Valley. They  said they have several events pending that they're hoping to finalize soon.

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