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  1. I disagree with that. The Shreveport Mudbugs ownership paid for the ice system at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, and they're in the NAHL. I actually think that the lower operating costs of the SPHL would make it even easier than if it were something like the ECHL since they would have more money left over.
  2. Another thing I've been thinking about is the fact that maybe an investor could, ya know, like, put in an ice system. I know they're expensive, but with youth hockey on the rise in Augusta, and the size of the market, even if the new arena is built without one, I could see someone coming in to try to make hockey work again. It happened in Shreveport, and while I get why a lot of you seem skeptical about this kind of thing, a hockey team is what you'd call an investment. I know it's not everyday that someone actually invests that kind of money in minor league hockey, but I don't think it's by any means out of the question that there could be an owner who's actually commited to success in Augusta.
  3. All the info out there seems to suggest that they would build it with hockey at least somewhat in mind. The mockups show it having a floor of the right size, and the study of the arena seems to be based on a lot of hockey arenas. Plus, the old arena had and ice system until it broke, and most new arenas these days have ice as well. And on top of all that, I guess I'm just an optimistic person ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  4. Well at any rate, there are still plans for a new arena, and I doubt they would go without an ice plant there.
  5. First of all, they fixed the ice plant at the JBA, and there are plans in the works for a new arena as well, so Augusta is actually not that unrealistic.
  6. I don't get it, what was the problem?
  7. I would also tempted to add Huntington, WV to the list for a number of reasons. First off, the ECHL's Huntington Blizzard pulled SPHL-levels during their existence (around 3k) and with more room for marketing given that it's lower budget than the ECHL the possibility definitely exists for that to go up. Second, in addition to the size of Huntington's metro area, it is also not terribly far away from Charleston, so given that the only other pro hockey team in West Virginia would be in Wheeling they could definitely pull from there. And lastly, it would kind of bridge the gap between the SPHL's southern base, and the Peoria/Evansville(/Quad City?) northern section.
  8. I would also be hesitant to put Columbia on that list unless they get a brand new (i.e. non-USC) arena, the reason being that USC is notoriously difficult in terms of leasing to new tenants. Case in point, the ECHL's Columbia Inferno, who were effectively booted from the Carolina Coliseum after USC decided that they couldn't move across the street to Colonial Life Arena. Besides, even if Columbia does get a team, unless they get a new arena they'd honestly be better off at Colonial Life Arena simply because the Carolina Coliseum has a significantly undersized rink. Besides, I'm pretty sure USC is planning on repurposing the place, which means it probably wouldn't be available anyway.
  9. I don't know if that would be a huge problem. I mean obviously there needs to be support, but there are USHL teams doing fine on half the attendance that the Mallards have right now just because of the relatively low travel costs combined with the obvious lack of player wages. Besides, I'm sure people would show up, junior hockey is a million times better than no hockey at all.
  10. I don't know. I think it would best to give them the benefit of the doubt here. If this truly is run by Joe Pace then we should just wait and see what happens. Considering he runs the Port Huron Prowlers, which are actually pretty decent from what I understand, the jury's still out. Now if we see Barry Soskin having any involvement, THEN we should press the panic button, but until then let's just see how this unfolds.
  11. Welcome to the SPHL Forums p3tra :)

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