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Pensacola hockey teams petitioning for new complex

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Pensacola hockey teams petitioning for new complex

By Lauren Wolfe - Ch. 3 - WEAR-TV


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) — The Pensacola Ice Flyers and other hockey teams that use the Pensacola Bay Center are hoping for a new home. Bryan Lacasse, vice president of the Junior Ice Flyers, created a petition last Friday. The owner of the Pensacola Ice Flyers, Greg Harris, told Channel 3 News that he hopes it catches the community's attention.

"Everyone sees where the Bay Center is. I'm not saying it's a terrible arena, but it's an aged arena and everybody knows that," said Harris.

Harris said that it's time for his team's facility to get an upgrade. Although the petition's letter doesn't list where to put the complex, it does suggest a new arena, a year-round community ice rink, and a sports tourism field house. He said that he's hoping the county agrees.

"They're talking about the letter of intent, them going after the $25 million from the Triumph funds. If that's signed and it's endorsed. There's already discussion for it. The biggest concern is location and who's paying for it. I think the opportunity to get the $25 million and go from there to see if this is even possible is the first step," said Harris.

Read more at: http://weartv.com/news/local/pensacola-hockey-teams-petitioning-for-new-complex

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Community petition exemplifies interest in seeing new arena project

By Bill Vilona - News Journal


A grassroots movement of Pensacola area residents is urging for forward progress on the new arena proposal.

A petition posted Friday on Facebook through the site, causes.com, for a "New Pensacola Arena, Ice Rink, Sports Tourism Fieldhouse," had just over 1,000 signatures on Saturday afternoon and will be presented at the next Escambia County Commission meeting. 

The petition's page stated it has a goal of 5,000 signatures. 

Hopefully, the growing support will resonate with others. 

"By signing this petition, we are simply asking that the Escambia County commissioners sign the Letter of Intent, which is the next critical step in being considered by the Triumph board to be awarded $25 Million in Triumph Funds," said Bryan Lacasse, vice president of the Pensacola Junior Ice Flyers, who authored the petition.

Read more at: https://www.pnj.com/story/sports/2018/06/10/pensacola-arena-debate-has-facebook-petition-urging-movement/686278002/

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Proposed Pensacola 6,500-seat arena dead, field house still a potential

By Jim Little - Pensacola News Journal


The 6,500-seat arena portion of the proposed $80 million arena and youth sports complex is dead.

Jay Patel and other members of Pensacola Arena Development Partners will "go back to the drawing board" to bring a revised proposal to build just the field house to house youth sports and capture sports tourism rather than focusing on a complete Pensacola Bay Center replacement.

The decision was made after the Escambia County Commission's Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday where it became clear there weren't enough votes to pass a letter of intent to obtain a successful Triumph Gulf Coast application.


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