Organizers propose to bring hockey back to Lubbock

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Updated: 8/17/2013 4:30 pm
The puck doesn't stop here, Lubbock could soon, once again get into the hockey business. The West Texas Hockey Group is proposing to bring a team back to the city. That group just met this week with city staffers on what it needs to do to establish an agreement.

Organizers want to use the familiar grounds of the Cotton Kings, the City Bank Coliseum. Assistant city manager, Scott Snider, said this is just at the beginning stages.

"We would be doing lots of reference checks if the City Council were to feel this was a worthwhile proposal." Snider said. "We will be checking in to a lot of the team structure, and what their current league status is, and we will be doing a lot of referencing on the league itself before we propose to the city council that they go forward with something like this."

Snider said any hockey league wanting to come into the coliseum would have to bring in everything, including their own equipment, ice plant and dasher boards. Ultimately, City Council would have to approve the contract.

The West Texas Hockey Group issued a statement to FOX 34. The group states it looks forward to working with the city. In part the statement said, "Our main goal is to provide affordable family entertainment for Lubbock and surrounding communities while also growing youth hockey, adult hockey, figure skating and Texas Tech hockey."

The group has also started a Facebook group, which has more than a thousand likes and counting. If you would like more info click here for the group's Facebook page.
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Liberty Seeker - 8/17/2013 1:03 AM
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As long as the organizers pay full market rate rent for the facility, they can play whatever they want in there. So far, no sport in Lubbock had been able to afford a facility. LISD has to subsidize their sports with taxpayer funds. The red raiders are subsidized by fees added to student tuitions. To repeat, I have no objection to sports being played AS LONG AS the taxpayers are not forced to pay their rent or bills. I wonder how much the Red Raiders would have to pay Texas Tech to rent Jones ATT stadium?
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