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Roadrunners hockey team to stay in Tucson



The Roadrunners will be practicing in Tucson and play at least 30 home games in the city and six games up at Mullet Arena in Tempe.

TUCSON, Ariz. — After weeks of uncertainty, we now know the future of the Tucson Roadrunners.

The Tucson Roadrunners announced they will be staying in the Old Pueblo. 

“The Roadrunners staying here is a win for the region and great news for Arizona hockey,” said Fletcher McCusker, Chairman, Rio Nuevo District. “Tucson is to Phoenix as Austin is to Dallas, a professional sports super region. We want Tucson to be the AHL piece of that kind of partnership.”

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Rio Nuevo Vice Chairman Edmund Marquez told News 4 Tucson the Roadrunners will be practicing in Tucson and play at least 30 home games in the city and six games up at Mullet Arena in Tempe.

He says Rio Nuevo passed some incentives to keep the team in Tucson including plans to pay half of their rent and associated expenses up to $240,000 and removing the $2 a ticket fee that goes toward facilities.

“We are thrilled to know that the Roadrunners will continue to play in front of our loyal Tucson fans for the foreseeable future,” said Tucson Roadrunners President Bob Hoffman. “We look forward to an exciting 2024-25 season where we build on last year’s success with the support of the best fans in the AHL.”

The news comes after an earlier announcement that the Roadrunners would be moving to the Valley.

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