Icemen Moving Out? City Leaders React

An Evansville tradition since 2010 may be no more.

City Council members say they were hearing for the first time tonight the Icemen may move away, unless Icemen owner Ron Geary and the city find a way to sign a new lease.

Geary isn't pleased with the $650,000 rent at the Ford Center, the highest in the ECHL.

A familiar fact to Evansville city council members, like Missy Mosby.

“I know there is some issue and Mister Geary is upset with the terms,” she says.

Jonathan Weaver agrees, “The Icemen organization has been complaining about that lease for quite some time.”

The time has come for a new deal with a league deadline slated for December 1. Geary says the city receives more than $1 million from the team every year. Money and a tenant council members believe would be hard to replace.

“It would take a hit on the operational costs,” says Council President Dr. H. Dan Adams, “That kind of hit would be major.”

The Administration says there is a deal on the table which strips the rent down to $42,000 a year. The team keeps ticket revenue and the city keeps food and beverage revenue.

Officials say this creates a neutral deal where neither the city nor the team takes a loss.

Mayor Winnecke's Chief of Staff, Steve Schaefer is confident the Icemen will remain. “ Ice hockey is not in jeopardy in Evansville.”


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