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Like I said, I understand the need to raise prices, but those increases priced a lot of people out of the market. As far as the city goes, yes I agree with you that they have not done much to promote the team. Lastly, regarding who owns or opperates the Ice Zone, I am merely suggestiong that whoever does, look at some similar venues to try to improve their operations. Maybe they have done this, I don't know, but it may be worth a try.
April 14, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
I just don't get it. I am wondering why the ice zone just doesn't close half of the facility, and then lease the closed half maybe for some type of storage facility. The leased side of the facility might be able to help with the upkeep of the opened side of the facility. Also, I would suggest Mr. Zolden take a look at some facilities similar in size (just 1/2 of the current facility) and see how they run and operate. I currently send my kids to skate lessons at Center Ice just near the Akron-Canton airport because of all the uncertainty about the Ice Zone being open. Center Ice's facility is about 1/2 the size of the current Ice Zone, and they are constantly busy. I seems to me that Center Ice is a well run facility, so maybe there can be something learned there.
I would also like to say that supporting the Phantoms the last couple of years has been a joy. Those kids play their hearts out there on that ice and I for one will be sad if they are not around.
Lastly, I would question some decisions about the organization, especially the one to raise ticket prices such a large percentage. I understand the idea of trying to make money in tickets, but I believe the increase in prices is very steep and it will be almost impossible to sell those season tickets at those prices. It seems to me that by raising the prices so much, they want the Phantoms to fail and be forced to leave the area.
Just my two cents...
April 14, 2013 at 8:03 p.m.