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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Tempe, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Tempe, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

 Rent Storage Containers Tempe, AZ

SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Tempe, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Tempe, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Tempe, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Tempe, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Tempe, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Tempe, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Tempe, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Tempe, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Latest News in Tempe, AZ

Historic Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe sells for $49 million

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- It’s a beloved summer childhood memory. Few things could make the standing in blazing hot Arizona sun bearable than a day at Big Surf Waterpark. And it just sold for $49 million.The popular East Valley attraction opened in 1969 south of McKellips Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe. And It wasn’t long until the park was a big hit with Arizonans, with even Pink Floyd performing there in 1972 as part of their 128-show Dark Side of the Moon Tour. The park currently sits next to what is now a pop...

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- It’s a beloved summer childhood memory. Few things could make the standing in blazing hot Arizona sun bearable than a day at Big Surf Waterpark. And it just sold for $49 million.

The popular East Valley attraction opened in 1969 south of McKellips Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe. And It wasn’t long until the park was a big hit with Arizonans, with even Pink Floyd performing there in 1972 as part of their 128-show Dark Side of the Moon Tour. The park currently sits next to what is now a popular ice skating rink that serves as the home for the Arizona State Sun Devil’s women’s ice hockey team and the Jr. Sun Devils Elite.

Big Surf was also nationally renowned for having the oldest wave pool in the country, designed by Phil Dexter, a Valley inventor. The Inertia reports that in 2013, the wave pool was officially designated a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

As COVID cases rose across the country, the waterpark announced it would close for the Summer of 2020 and then quietly extended its closure through the 2021 season. In February, the Phoenix New Times first reported that several assets were up for sale. Some of the items spotted at the auction included a 68″ tiki totem, fiberglass slides, a portable zip line, and swimming tubes.

When asked by Arizona’s Family, the park’s spokesperson said that the park was placed for sale last fall but wouldn’t elaborate on details. Attempts to reach the park’s owners at that time went unanswered. A punk show called “Punk in Drublic Arizona” had been scheduled to be held at the waterpark in March but was moved to the Scarizona Festival Grounds. Even now, Big Surf’s website shows no information about its future, its liquidation sale, or that it’s closed.

Commercial real estate broker Velocity Retail Group announced that Inland Oceans had sold the site of the Big Surf Wave Park and Inland Oceans Ice Arena for $49 million. Officials say the site had over 30 offers for the sellers to consider ranging from $30 million to nearly $50 million. Developers haven’t said what they plan to do with the property, only saying that it will “be something that residents and the city will be proud of for years to come.”

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Is the music over for Shady Park in Tempe after court ruling?

The downtown Tempe community that surrounds Shady Park, a nightclub and live music venue on Mill Avenue, is up in arms about a court decision that will halt live music at the venue.Shady Park has been forced to cease all live music operations after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a retirement community across the street.The venue has been one of downtown Tempe’s most popular clubs since the business opened its doors in 2...

The downtown Tempe community that surrounds Shady Park, a nightclub and live music venue on Mill Avenue, is up in arms about a court decision that will halt live music at the venue.

Shady Park has been forced to cease all live music operations after a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of a retirement community across the street.

The venue has been one of downtown Tempe’s most popular clubs since the business opened its doors in 2014. The ruling against the venue shocked the Tempe community, as residents question why a judge would favor a retirement community in the middle of an entertainment district and college town.

Mirabella at ASU, a 20-story senior living residential high-rise building across the street from Shady Park on Mill Avenue, filed a lawsuit in 2021 against the nightclub because of what was deemed in court documents as excessive noise coming from the venue that was disturbing senior residents.

“With all of these new buildings surrounding Mill Avenue, the culture and history on Mill Avenue will diminish faster than I can imagine. These developments such as the retirement home and the new construction of the Omni Hotel will cause more complaints that can possibly lead to the downfall of downtown Tempe,” said Haley Vial, an Arizona State University alum.

The venue will appeal the ruling and will be forced to shut down if the ruling is upheld, according to a statement from Shady Park after the ruling.

“While we never thought ASU would use its land for a retirement home, we are even more surprised that the profit center for the ASU Foundation would be deemed more important than the local community and culture that makes this downtown so special,” the statement read.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 20 businesses closed in downtown Tempe, which was once a hotspot for nightlife businesses in the Valley. If the ruling is upheld, Shady Park could soon join the long list of businesses that have shuttered in the area.

“This ruling has the potential to cost many employees their jobs and rob the city of Tempe of an economic and cultural asset,” said Tempe Vice Mayor Randy Keating during Tempe city council’s work session on April 21. Keating also said the venue has contributed to Tempe’s reputation as “the Valley’s live music capital.”

The venue has already received overwhelming support from the surrounding community, with more than 100 community members protesting on the streets of Tempe on April 20 and over 20,000 signatures on #SaveShadyPark, a petition to Tempe City Council for the continuance of the venue’s live music.

“ASU is renowned for its easy going, fun lifestyle and with the rise of these new businesses, Mill Ave will never be the same,” said Vial.

As Tempe tries to hold on to its culture and reputation as a home for nightlife businesses, the city’s development boom questions if the city can hold on to what it once was.

“We hope that this local business can be preserved and that live music venues, which contribute so much to Tempe’s culture, will be able to continue to add to our city’s quality of life and economy,” said Keating.

Big Surf in Tempe sells for $49 million

Velocity Retail Group (VRG), in partnership with CBRE and Ross Brown Partners, listed and recently brokered the sale of the 35.5 acre former Big Surf Wave Park and Inland Oceans Ice Arena to Overton Moore Properties for more than $49 million. The Seller was Inland Oceans, Inc., an entity owned by Marvin and Jerry Rosenbaum of El Paso, Texas.VRG’s relationship with the seller started with a 17,600 square foot parcel of land located at Roosevelt and 7t...

Velocity Retail Group (VRG), in partnership with CBRE and Ross Brown Partners, listed and recently brokered the sale of the 35.5 acre former Big Surf Wave Park and Inland Oceans Ice Arena to Overton Moore Properties for more than $49 million. The Seller was Inland Oceans, Inc., an entity owned by Marvin and Jerry Rosenbaum of El Paso, Texas.

VRG’s relationship with the seller started with a 17,600 square foot parcel of land located at Roosevelt and 7th Street in Phoenix where Velocity Retail listed and sold the property on behalf of the owners. Darren Pitts and Brad Ranly of Velocity Retail worked to produce an excellent buyer for the property and obtained the highest value for the owners.

READ ALSO: Tempe moves to expand affordable, workforce housing options

When Pitts and Ranly learned that the owners wanted to sell the Big Surf property, they teamed up with brokers who specialized in marketing this type of asset. “In order to service our client at the highest level, we realized we needed to partner with the team at CBRE and Ross Brown to position the property to a wider buyer audience,” said Darren Pitts, Executive Vice President at Velocity Retail Group. The sales team consisted of John Werstler, Cooper Fratt, and Mitchell Stravitz of CBRE, Bob Crum of Ross Brown Partners, and the original Velocity Retail Group team of Pitts and Ranly. After creating sales strategies that involved a specific marketing brochure and targeting the most qualified candidates, the team produced over 30 offers for the Sellers to consider. These offers ranged in price from $30 million on up to nearly $50 million.

“The family ultimately selected Overton Moore Properties, who have an extensive background in developing quality industrial projects throughout the southwest,” Pitts added. The Sellers had a comfort level that OMP could perform and close on the property and create a development that will enhance, bring employment, and other activity to the trade area.

The property is situated in an industrial area on McClintock Road just north of the Loop 202 freeway. It is in a prime location between the Loop 101 and Loop 202 freeways providing superior accessibility from all parts of the Valley. The new owner will bring a quality development and be something that residents and the city will be proud of for years to come.

Coyotes hope to change narrative with move to ASU, 'strategic plan' to stay in Arizona

The Arizona Coyotes are at a crossroads few NHL teams have ever come upon.And Xavier Gutierrez, the club's president, CEO and alternate governor, wants to make something clear about what's ahead:"The narrative that has been surrounding this organization, that's not us," he told ESPN recently. "We are taking actions that you have to take to undo [past] decision-making that has really hampered this organization fo...

The Arizona Coyotes are at a crossroads few NHL teams have ever come upon.

And Xavier Gutierrez, the club's president, CEO and alternate governor, wants to make something clear about what's ahead:

"The narrative that has been surrounding this organization, that's not us," he told ESPN recently. "We are taking actions that you have to take to undo [past] decision-making that has really hampered this organization for many years. We want others to understand that this narrative simply isn't what is going on today. And we feel confident in the strategic plan that we have put together."

The process of getting out from under those referenced blunders hasn't been, and won't be, easy. But ready or not, the Coyotes are about to close one chapter of franchise history and open the door toward a hopeful, if still uncertain, future.

On Friday, Arizona will host Nashville in the franchise's final game at Glendale's Gila River Arena, ending a home-base tenure that began in December 2003. Gila River refused to negotiate a new lease with the Coyotes, after threatening last December to lock the team out of its facilities over $1.3 million in unpaid city and state taxes (the Coyotes said "human error" led to the misunderstanding and it was resolved swiftly).

Next season, the Coyotes will begin a three-year residency playing at Arizona State University's new multipurpose arena, which is under construction and slated to be finished by fall. ASU's $134.7 million project required the Coyotes absorb $19.7 million in add-ons (including a 15,000 gross-square-foot annex built next to the arena housing NHL-quality team facilities along with home and away dressing rooms) to make the space NHL-ready. Arizona is locked in through the 2024-25 season, with an option to renew for one more year after that.

The venue will hold only 5,100 fans, a far cry from Gila River's capacity of 18,300. Tickets will also be more expensive, costing up to $89 for the cheapest seat from what was around $55 in Glendale. That's a steep increase considering Arizona has finished bottom-five in average NHL attendance the past 14 years and projects to end this season at 31st place in the standings.

The decision to partner with ASU, though -- and endure all the public and private criticism that has come with it -- is seen by the Coyotes as necessary. The move is just a stopgap for the organization, its first step toward turning Tempe, Arizona, into the team's permanent home.

In September 2021, Coyotes' owner Alex Meruelo submitted a $1.7 billion arena and entertainment complex plan to the Tempe City Council for what would become Arizona's long-term location. The proposal hasn't been voted on yet, but Gutierrez hopes these actions reflect well on the Coyotes' ultimate mission of keeping NHL hockey alive, and thriving, in the desert.

"When we talk about where the future lies, we understand that this is very much a temporary solution," Gutierrez said of ASU. "We're putting dollars out and Alex is putting his financial resources on the table to say that. It's an incredible commitment on our part to be in this market and to relieve these concerns that this is not a place that we want to be or don't have support or don't have the resources to be in. It shows we're an organization that does have a path and does have a vision."

Gutierrez notes the Coyotes "are not in charge of the process" when it comes to potentially breaking ground in Tempe. As of this week, the team remains in conversation and negotiation with the city and Gutierrez said Tempe's city council was presented with its recommendation and that the city staff wanted clarifications and further information on some of the aspects of the proposal. There is a meeting scheduled soon between the Coyotes and Tempe staff, and Gutierrez is hopeful that in due time the club will have a public hearing on its proposal.

"We want to be fully transparent," Gutierrez said. "We feel very strongly that this [project] is very compelling. The vision that we have not only matches the activity going on today [in Tempe], but certainly matches what the continued growth of the entire [Sun] Valley will look like. And so we're excited about it and we're excited to present it publicly for the world and to advocate for it and to say, 'We're so behind this, we're willing to put up a significant amount of financial resources to make it come to fruition.'"

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly put his weight behind the Coyotes, shutting down any conversation of relocating the team or potential misgivings about Arizona's short-term lodging. That support has come amid raised concerns from other corners of the hockey world, including skeptical players, fans and executives. Gutierrez said the Coyotes have been "happy and excited" to have league support, and preached patience as Arizona's entire future framework comes together.

"From the moment Alex purchased the team [in 2019] and that I joined [in 2020], we made it very clear that we were committed here," Gutierrez said. "We know that this is a hockey town. It's just been up to us to make the improvements and really solve the long-term permanent facility question that's been part of the narrative of the organization for so many years. We are taking steps towards building a world class organization that has commitment at its core to building a winning culture, both on and off the ice."

The latter half of that equation is tricky, too. Arizona hasn't made the playoffs in a full NHL season since 2011-12. The organization has just 26 players under contract for next season and has historically struggled to reach the NHL's salary-cap floor. Drama around a new building could easily scare players -- old or new -- off Arizona.

Gutierrez doesn't want that. After the NHL approved the team's plan to play out of ASU, Gutierrez held court with Coyotes' players -- and NHLPA special assistant Mathieu Schneider -- to try easing their minds about the period ahead. And Gutierrez is adamant that bringing on Bill Armstrong as general manager in 2020 and adding Andre Tourigny as head coach in 2021 has given Arizona the right foundation for a "culture of competition, commitment and passion."

Still, he gets asked repeatedly how the Coyotes intend to woo free agents into the fold. Gutierrez says the answer is simple.

"They love Arizona," Gutierrez said of the Coyotes' skaters. "It's been on us as the leadership and the ownership to build a pathway that includes a permanent facility, that includes a solution, in a location that is thriving and that is growing that would attract them and that would make them feel that there is a pathway towards winning. And that's what we're building. We're in Tempe, we're aligned to partner with ASU, we're in an environment that'll be exciting, and that'll be a one of a kind. I do think that's attractive."

The Coyotes have one night left to enjoy in Glendale though before the Tempe transition. Having joined the Coyotes in June 2020, Gutierrez saw only one full season played at Gila River because of COVID-19. What he'll remember most is interacting with the team's "rabid fan base," a continual inspiration as Arizona charts a new way forward.

Now it's on Gutierrez and company to deliver.

"The fans are so attached, so supportive, so engaged with this organization, and they're so grateful that we have a path for sustained success [now]," he said. "They have thanked us for keeping the team here, [thanked us] for having a plan that makes sense so we'll finally we'll have a winner and a stable organization.

We'd like to impart that we feel confident. We understand that [ASU] is a temporary solution. We are also very confident that we are building an organization that will be the best in class and is building up the culture again within our hockey operations and in our business operations."

Ride on: May date set for debut of Tempe Streetcar service

PHOENIX – After four years of construction, the Tempe Streetcar will start shuttling riders through the East Valley city’s downtown area on May 20.The $200 million Valley Metro project spans 3 miles near Arizona State University along Rio Salado Parkway, Ash Avenue, Apache Boulevard and Mill Avenue.The line has 14 stops and two connections to Valley Metro light rail. Each stop was designed with unique public art and lan...

PHOENIX – After four years of construction, the Tempe Streetcar will start shuttling riders through the East Valley city’s downtown area on May 20.

The $200 million Valley Metro project spans 3 miles near Arizona State University along Rio Salado Parkway, Ash Avenue, Apache Boulevard and Mill Avenue.

The line has 14 stops and two connections to Valley Metro light rail. Each stop was designed with unique public art and landscaping.

The Tempe Streetcar route includes Tempe Beach Park, ASU Gammage and Sun Devil Stadium and provides access to many restaurants and businesses along the way.

After years of hard work the Tempe #vmstreetcar dream is becoming a reality! Streetcar will officially begin operations on Friday, May 20. Hop on board – the first year is free! #tempe #transit #streetcar pic.twitter.com/GfExYOagDx

— City of Tempe, AZ (@Tempegov) April 29, 2022

The green and silver streetcars, which will arrive at stops every 15-20 minutes, are free to ride for the first year.

The cars are powered by a combination of overhead electrical wires and lithium-ion batteries. They are smaller than Valley Metro’s light rail cars, with each carrying up to 125 passengers.

Testing of the streetcars started last summer. They share the road with motor vehicles and often travel in the same lane. The tracks were designed in a way to keep them from damaging vehicle tires.

Construction, which started in 2018 after years of planning, required an extended closure of Mill Avenue during the summer of 2019. Delays pushed back the launch date, which was originally targeted for 2021.

Federal grants covered more than $90 million of the cost, with the rest paid for by regional funding from Proposition 400 and local public-private partnerships.

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