Dispute Could Mean No More IceMen in Evansville

Could this be the last season for the IceMen in Evansville?

Eyewitness News is working on a developing story involving a major lease dispute between the City and the professional hockey team.

The IceMen have been playing at Ford Center since 2011, at times packing the house with sellout crowds.

But in recent talks Brad Byrd has had with Icemen owner Ron Geary, all is not well.

Relations between the City and its hockey team appear to be as cold as the ice at Ford Center. That is Geary's assessment.

It comes down to money and Geary says there is a real possibility the IceMen could play their last season in Evansville.

The problem now is time. Geary says he needs a lease agreement signed with the City, both sides are far apart and the clock is ticking.

Geary joined Brad Byrd Monday night on Eyewitness News at 9 for a special In-Depth on Local 7.

We have reached out to the Winnecke Administration for comment. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke is on vacation, but a Winnecke Administration spokesman expressed surprise at Geary's assessment and that talks are going smoothly.

This is more than a story about hockey. It's about fans and the economic and psychological impact the loss of the Icemen could have on Evansville.

Statement from Joe Babik, Director of Communications for the ECHL:

"The ECHL is confident that the IceMen and city will continue to negotiate and come to an agreement on a new lease."


 

 

 

 


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