Utah ice hockey fans place over 20,000 ticket deposits following franchise announcement

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Utah fans have placed over 20,000 season ticket deposits for a new National Hockey League (NHL) franchise in the US state.

The deposits demonstrate a high level of excitement after it was confirmed that the Arizona Coyotes would be moving to Salt Lake City.

According to a report from CBS Sports, 20,000 season ticket deposits have been placed at roughly $100 (/£81€94) each.

Last week, it was announced that the NHL’s Board of Governors had approved the sale of the Coyotes to Smith Entertainment Group (SEG), which owns the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Utah Jazz, for a reported $1.2bn.

The NHL approved the establishment of a franchise beginning with the 2024-25 season that will be owned and controlled by SEG, led by Ryan and Ashley Smith. The franchise does not currently have a team name but will play at the Delta Center, which is home to the Jazz.

The venue can currently house 12,000 fans for a hockey game, with Smith planning renovations that will increase the capacity to 17,000.

While the franchise will be based in Salt Lake City, the name of the team is expected to start with Utah to coincide with the Jazz.

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