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#46
Mar 18, 2013
 
goof wrote:
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Oh, yes, it must be true, because Mr. no-life Utica said so.
Actually I don't live in utica and I lead a fairly good life but thanks.
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#47
Mar 18, 2013
 
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I said it's un-true...next year maybe
You really don't understand do you??

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#48
Mar 18, 2013
 
Half Moon wrote:
<quoted text>You really don't understand do you??
They don't, but they will.
Truth

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#49
Mar 19, 2013
 
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Just read my posts. It is true and yes the utica area desperately needs something positive.
Utica does need something positive. Utica and all of New York needs lower taxes, less regulation and and to become a right to work state ending the union domination that drives up the cost of doing business. Those are the things that will attract business and the jobs that come with them.

A integral part of this too is to stop with the taxpayer funding of pet projects that serve only a small slice of the population. Those are tax dollars. Give them back to those who paid them and let the taxpayers decide what they would like to support and what they wouldn't.

Any taxpayer funding of an AHL team for Utica is a dumb idea right now. That includes and Aud improvements meant to fill the needs of a team. I think that the date you gave has everything to do with passage f the state budget. I'm hoping that no politician was stupid enough to include any kind of funding for an AHL team in that budget.
bob the builder

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Mar 19, 2013
 

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Bids are being submitted now for the work at the Utica Auditorium that has to be done for the new AHL team.
Sounds Good

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#51
Mar 19, 2013
 
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Utica does need something positive. Utica and all of New York needs lower taxes, less regulation and and to become a right to work state ending the union domination that drives up the cost of doing business. Those are the things that will attract business and the jobs that come with them.
A integral part of this too is to stop with the taxpayer funding of pet projects that serve only a small slice of the population. Those are tax dollars. Give them back to those who paid them and let the taxpayers decide what they would like to support and what they wouldn't.
Any taxpayer funding of an AHL team for Utica is a dumb idea right now. That includes and Aud improvements meant to fill the needs of a team. I think that the date you gave has everything to do with passage f the state budget. I'm hoping that no politician was stupid enough to include any kind of funding for an AHL team in that budget.
Your 1st paragraph sounds good, makes sense and what not but guess what? It won't happen. We have been bitching for 30 years about this and no one has done squat. So I say the Hll with it...let's go for a team instead.
UticaHockey

Utica, NY

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#52
Mar 19, 2013
 
More pieces of the puzzle starting to emerge

http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1522341785/Eminia...
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#53
Mar 19, 2013
 
UticaHockey wrote:
More pieces of the puzzle starting to emerge
http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1522341785/Eminia...
Read that too. i just think whoever moves they will goto a place that will cause the least amount of headache and work...and hate to say it but Utica would NOT be one of them. Interesting though as I didn't know the Blues were in the mix..

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Hmmm....seems to be that what I said previously seems to be happening.
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#55
Mar 19, 2013
 
Utica34 wrote:
Hmmm....seems to be that what I said previously seems to be happening.
13 hours of bliss, the windbag trash Cretin is back. Thanks for SingTFU for a little while trash.

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#56
Mar 19, 2013
 
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13 hours of bliss, the windbag trash Cretin is back. Thanks for SingTFU for a little while trash.
Will you be going to the games whitesboro trash?

http://thecanuckway.com/2013/03/18/report-van...
Truth

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#57
Mar 19, 2013
 
bob the builder wrote:
Bids are being submitted now for the work at the Utica Auditorium that has to be done for the new AHL team.
A couple of things wrong with what you've said proving that it isn;t true.

First, who is paying? No money has been allocated or borrowed as it would have to be a matter of public record. The Aud is a public Authority.

Second, where are the plans and where was the public notice for bids?
Truth

Utica, NY

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#58
Mar 19, 2013
 
Utica34 wrote:
Hmmm....seems to be that what I said previously seems to be happening.
Nothing is happening. I think it's a waiting game now to see how the state budget agreement and vote goes. People are paying attention and I just can't imagine how anyone would agree to public funding for an AHL team right now. Doesn't make any sense at all while at the same time teachers are being laid off, Utica city council considering a proposal for furloughs and cuts to most everything in the budget. It just doesn't make sense. No one can be that stupid.

Like I said before I think Anthony Brindisi is the only representative I can think of that might be cluess and naive enough to propose and promote something like this. Time will tell.
Truth

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Mar 19, 2013
 
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Your 1st paragraph sounds good, makes sense and what not but guess what? It won't happen. We have been bitching for 30 years about this and no one has done squat. So I say the Hll with it...let's go for a team instead.
You are right about these things going on forever. It's what put our state in the situation it's in. Rather than an AHL team for Utica though how about some repairs to our roads and infrastructure? How about more money for education? How about give the money back to those who paid it if the only thing you can come up with to do with it is to finance a private endevour that will only benefit a relative few?

If this area wants a hockey team and a hockey team wants to come here then they should collectively pay for that without picking taxpayers pockets. Let this sink or wim on its' own without any taxpayer subsidy.

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#60
Mar 19, 2013
 
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Nothing is happening. I think it's a waiting game now to see how the state budget agreement and vote goes. People are paying attention and I just can't imagine how anyone would agree to public funding for an AHL team right now. Doesn't make any sense at all while at the same time teachers are being laid off, Utica city council considering a proposal for furloughs and cuts to most everything in the budget. It just doesn't make sense. No one can be that stupid.
Like I said before I think Anthony Brindisi is the only representative I can think of that might be cluess and naive enough to propose and promote something like this. Time will tell.
Hate to say it again but the deal is already done. Enjoy utica! Check your paper soon.
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#61
Mar 23, 2013
 
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No longer rumor, but fact - professional hockey will once again be on display in New York's Mohawk Valley. An American Hockey League affiliate will be in operation for the 2013-2014 season. The Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League's western conference will be developing their talent in the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Utica last had an AHL team during the 1992-'93 seasson , the final season of the New Jersey Devils six-season run at the Aud.
Here's what we do know, according to a reliable source. A 10-year deal has been struck with the Flames. There had been discussion in previous months that an AHL affiliate could be relocated to Utica, but not until the 2014-'15 season, due to scheduling issues. As far as any opt-out clause in the deal, I don't know for sure if or when one has been added. However, you would think an escape route, for both parties ( local operators and the Flames ) would/should want one. 10 years is infinity and beyond in any relationship.
A lobbying firm in Albany is involved with those locally who will be managing the franchise. Two sources have informed us that public money is being pursed in conjunction with the return of professional hockey to Utica. There are a few phases of upgrades to the Aud planned. Skyboxes are in the plans to be added to the 54-year old arena, however it isn't clear at this time during what planning phase work will get under way.
Season tickets - At this stage of planning, no definite dollar amount has been decided. Once an official announcement is made, on or about March 23 of the Flames relocating their AHL franchise to Utica, it wouldn't be a stretch to think that telemarketing-like phone calls will begin.
Locker room / training facilities : Some cleaning out of rooms in the lower level of the Aud have already been done we are informed. To the right of the Utica College hockey locker room entrance, this is the space where the new locker room and training facility will be constructed. We are told that the UC teams ( men & women ) will have access to the training facility.
Scheduling : At this time, the UC men's schedule is said to be honored for next season.
Management : The well known, well experienced local management team in the hockey world are expected to assume management of the Aud, from concessions to parking. We understand that the area behind the Aud, where fans for UC games and other events park in the street, will be paved and made into a parking lot(s).
Video Scoreboard : Plans are to replace the current scoreboard with a modern video scoreboard , of which UC games would have access to.
Ironically, in 1993 when the Devils relocated their AHL franchise to Albany where they became known as the River Rats, it was the Calgary Flames who purchased the team and relocated to St. John, New Brunswick.
Will there be support for professional hockey in the Mohawk Valley? This is the several million dollar question. If you study the attendance figures of the Utica College men's program, the answer would be a resounding - yes. Ticket prices are an important factor when kids and families have continued to support the programs. At $6.00 for adults and $2.00 for non-Utica College students, the games are highly affordable. AHL ticket prices clearly will be north of what UC charges. This is where recruiting season ticket and mini-plans, and single-game ticket sales will get a bit sticky. UC fans, as well as hockey fans in general, would have to get used to paying higher, professional hockey ticket prices.
Clearly, the local management team leaders know the region well and are experienced in every facet in the operation of an AHL franchise. They will be investing greatly in bring professional hockey back to the area. It appears that they have the cooperation of all the necessary parties needed to make this project succeed.
Hmmm...on or about March 23rd.....tick, tick, tick, tick
Shark

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#62
Mar 23, 2013
 
When is this news supposed to be reported. It's the 23rd of march ?
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#63
Mar 23, 2013
 
I heard the OD will have it in tomorrow's paper. Hope so. True or untrue I'm over waiting to find out.
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#64
Mar 23, 2013
 
Shark wrote:
When is this news supposed to be reported. It's the 23rd of march ?
Take your pick out of a hat...no pick at all would be just as accurate
who knows

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#66
Mar 23, 2013
 
tick tick tick wrote:
I heard the OD will have it in tomorrow's paper. Hope so. True or untrue I'm over waiting to find out.
If that were true the news would actually be broke today then written overnight. And this day is half over already...

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