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Scottsdale mayor open to 64th Street solution for new Coyotes arena

A day after issuing a strongly worded statement against a proposed arena for the Arizona Coyotes on his city’s border, Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega clarified that he’s open to the project, but for a slightly different location.

In Monday’s statement, Ortega lashed out at a proposed hockey arena project at Loop 101 and Scottsdale Road, on the city’s border with Phoenix. Citing congestion and infrastructure concerns, he said the project being on the doorstep of Scottsdale would not be feasible or welcome.

On Tuesday, Ortega said he would support a new arena at a location just west of the proposed site, on open land at 64th Street and the 101.

He said the Coyotes’ development team did not consult with city officials about the Scottsdale Road proposal. 

But he said he believes there is an “open net” for the Coyotes at 64th Street, where the team can finally end its search for a permanent home. 

Jacob Suever joined KJZZ as an intern in January 2024. Suever is currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in sports journalism at Arizona State University. Previously, Suever has interned with PBS NewsHour West as a production intern, as well as with the San Francisco Giants as a scoreboard operator.Suever is currently the broadcast director and play-by-play voice for Phoenix College Athletics, and is aiming to broadcast more than 60 baseball and basketball games this season. Suever, an Atlanta native, has a huge passion for radio broadcasting. He says his inspiration throughout his childhood and early college career has been Steve Holman, radio voice of the Atlanta Hawks.Outside of the arena, Suever is also passionate about his community, and understands the importance that local news can play on the well-being, safety and health of a population.Growing up, Suever had a very unique educational experience. Suever transitioned from Atlanta Public Schools at the elementary level to attend the prestigious Ron Clark Academy, a school that gave Suever the ability to see the world in a different way. By age 14, Suever had traveled to more than 20 states, to five countries and to three continents. To this day, Suever employs some of the techniques he learned in middle school to communicate and connect with others around the globe.Suever hopes to use his opportunity with KJZZ to continue to expand his knowledge as a reporter and use his stories to make a positive impact in the community.