The Gila is home to the Arizona Coyotes, but it was a place of mourning for one player who was killed in an auto accident last month.
As part of the Coyotes Memorial Weekend festivities, the team will play its annual Halloween-themed exhibition game in the Gila, where the team is hoping to find a way to keep the orchid at Gilla.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan was killed on Sept. 13 in a collision with a car that collided with his Chevy Tahoe.
Doan’s body was recovered from the wreckage.
Coyotes President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke says the team plans to host an exhibition game on the Gilla on Oct. 1.
“It’s a very, very, sad day,” Burke said.
“We’re looking forward to playing a hockey game in a very special way in Gila.”
The Coyotes will have an exhibition on Oct 1 against the Edmonton Oilers.
Burke said the game will feature a special guest appearance from a ghostly figure.
The ghost orchard is located at the Garlow Ice Complex at the corner of West and West.
The orchard also hosts a Halloween event that includes a pumpkin festival, an art exhibit, a haunted house and a carnival game.
In 2015, Burke said there was a chance the ghost orchards could host an NHL exhibition.
The NHL announced it would host its first game at the arena on Oct 15, 2015.
Burke declined to say when the Coyotes will host an event.
The Coyotes have a new arena planned for the Gillsdale area, but that remains to be seen.
The city of Gila and the GILA District Council have said they would be open to the idea of the orchard hosting an NHL game, but they will have to consult with the Coyotes about the idea.