Phantoms will return to Glens Falls next year
GLENS FALLS The Adirondack Phantoms plan to stay in Glens Falls for the 2013-2014 season of the American Hockey League, according to a team news release.
“We are excited to continue the great hockey tradition in Glens Falls with the Adirondack Phantoms as we continue to pursue our long-term goal of keeping AHL hockey at the Glens Falls Civic Center in the future," said city Mayor John "Jack" Diamond in a statement.
The next season will be the 25th season of AHL hockey in Glens Falls.
Team's owners Jim and Rob Brooks, announced they'll give up their lease option on the building if the city can find a long-term tenant. Diamond said the deadline for finding a replacement is April 1.
Owner Rob Brooks said in a statement it has always been their goal to build a program that might entice another AHL team to Glens Falls.
“There is still work to be done by both sides as we get ready for the 2013-14 season,” Brooks said. “The Phantoms organization needs to grow the ticket and corporate base to a level that is enticing to another AHL team and the city needs to continue to market the Glens Falls area to prospective AHL organizations.”
In the next few days the team will begin selling season tickets for next year and will start up its sponsorship renewal drive. If a new team is brought in, 100 percent of all deposits will be reimbursed or transferred to the new team.
Diamond added that the city definitely wants to continue its tradition of hockey.
"Our community enjoys the entertainment at the arena and professional hockey is a major economic driver for our area and helps many local businesses," he said. "Fans can help support our efforts by continuing to attend hockey games and we will continue to work hard to bring high level hockey to our area for the long-term."