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BREAKING NEWS: Youngstown Phantoms staying another year at Covelli Centre



Published: Thu, June 6, 2013 @ 6:41 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The same day JAC Management Group received a five-year contract extension to run the city-owned Covelli Centre, the company agreed to have the Youngstown Phantoms junior hockey team play its home games at the facility for another year.

The agreement came late today in a meeting with Eric Ryan, the head of JAC and the center’s executive director, and Bruce Zoldan, owner of the hockey team. Earlier today, the city’s board of control approved a five-year extension, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, with JAC to continue managing the facility.

The Phantoms have played home games at the center for the past four seasons with the team finishing among the bottom three teams each year among those in the United States Hockey League.

Because of that poor attendance, the center could have sought a $75,000 fee from the Phantoms to play this upcoming season, that starts in October, as part of a five-year contract signed in 2009.

As part of its contract, the Phantoms must pay a $750 penalty for every game with attendance below 1,500. The Phantoms paid $18,000 this past season to the center in penalties. With the penalty, the center made $10,878.09 last season, or $339.94 a game.

As for a new contract, Ryan said he will evaluate how the fifth season progresses in terms of ticket sales and other financial issues before making a decision.

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1Metz10987(145 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Way to go. If we make it to the Clark Cup finals again I doubt they will pull the plug. Would have been just as silly to do so since selection camp started today. Bet they will get a 5 year extension. The 2,000 fan requirement is a joke given the USHL averages that as a league. Have no idea what idiot though that number was reasonable, did not do their research for sure. 1,500 would be a better number with the team having to pay a fee if they fail to get 1,000 fans. They can pull that most games. If the do a new contract that is what numbers they should use.

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2Metz10987(145 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Well with that attitude they won't. Not even giving the team a chance is not exactly fair. Not everyone likes hockey but then again I do not care for baseball

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3walter_sobchak(1840 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Yes, this is welcome news for hundreds of fans in the Mahoning Valley!

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4Metz10987(145 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

More that. We are not Detroit or Pittsburgh so do not expect 25,000 or more fans every night. It is a junior league plus Covelli can only hold a little over 5,000. A good night is a little over 1,500 but there are far more fans that watch games online or listen to it on the radio.

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5hotrain(1 comment)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I know they lost a fan by upping the ticket prices if they want people to come to the games they should of lowered the ticket prices not raise them

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6Metz10987(145 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

I do agree that raising ticket prices is a bad idea since they need more fans not lose them, the good thing is it is only a couple of dollars and still far less then NHL tickets or any pro sport league for that matter.

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