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Glendale businesses to NHL: Better late than never

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

Hockey fans and businesses around Jobing.com Arena have a reason to cheer. Owners and players have finally reached a tentative deal to end a lockout that has cost the NHL half the season.

Monday, the Coyotes hit the ice at the Ice Den in Scottsdale for practice.

Employees of McFadden's are overjoyed the lockout is over. The bar sits just outside the hockey arena.

"On a typical Coyotes game night it definitely gets a lot more packed, you'll start to see people trickle in earlier, it definitely brings life into Westgate," says Michelle Benitez of McFadden's.

"Without it it's pretty much a ghost town."

McFadden's says business has picked up a little with the outlet mall nearby, but they say not having the Coyotes fans really impacted their bottom line.

"It brings a lot of hope there are going to be more customers, more people walking through, and just an overall increase in business."

The city of Glendale has also been losing money during the lockout.

"The city still had to pay for the usage of Jobing.com whether there are events there or not," says Harry Shapiro, Glendale Chamber of Commerce. "So they do need to have some tax revenue."

The city loses an estimated $60,000 in tax revenue for each canceled Coyotes game.

"We hope the numbers improve and that the fans come out and show support for the Coyotes now that everything is settled. Numbers are important," says Shapiro.

Game play is expected to begin January 19, with 48 games for the rest of the season.

FOX 10's Jill Monier reports.

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