Message From Ownership
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
As we move forward in our quest for the Kelly Cup, I regret to inform you that we will continue to have challenges with securing home dates at the Gwinnett Arena should we advance in the playoffs. The situation disappoints me beyond words as I know it does you as well.
As you may or may not know, the Gladiators are tenants at the Arena. We do not manage the building. Despite our attempts to change the policy, Arena management has repeatedly informed us that they will not hold or save tentative playoff dates for the Gladiators. This results in a severe lack of building availability during the Kelly Cup Playoff season.
It is a challenge simply beyond our control. We have been keenly aware that the day would come when we would be scrambling to find ice to play Kelly Cup Playoff games. Playoff dates are one of the items that we continually attempt to negotiate and we will continue to try and improve in future negotiations. While it is typical that a building will not always reserve specific weekend dates for their professional hockey teams in other markets, it is definitely not typical for a team to be left with virtually no chance to successfully schedule dates for a playoff run. We do not agree with the philosophy, but we will do our best to overcome it.
This situation will certainly affect our fans in the Conference Semi-Finals against Cincinnati if the series extends to a Game 6. Unfortunately, that game, if necessary, will have to be played in Cincinnati instead of Gwinnett. If the Gladiators are fortunate to advance beyond this round, these challenges will absolutely affect us in subsequent rounds as well. Our organization is deeply sorry for this. Please know that the situation also impacts our business model and it certainly is a challenge for the team.
However - despite these challenges - we have adopted a "NO EXCUSES" motto and our organization is completely committed to doing the best we possibly can to bring the 2012-2013 Kelly Cup to you - our dedicated fans. We will do our best to create a "home locker room" environment wherever we are and we hope that you will cheer on the team at every opportunity.
We cannot thank you enough for your support.
On behalf of the ownership group of Gwinnett Gladiators Professional Hockey