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ECHL Expansion 2012-13

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:50 am
by robster2001
Looks like the ECHL is getting busy.

The San Francisco Bulls already have a website and are selling 2012-13 season tickets for their first season at the Cow Palace.

And a new team for Orlando (first for downtown O-town since the Solar Bears left in 2001, although a couple of attempts were made in Kissimmee) should be approved shortly if the Orlando Sentinel has it right.

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:24 am
by mikeyratt
can we get SportsQuest to get their act together and build the new arena for Richmond in a year? No? oh well

Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:17 pm
by BreakersFan
Good news. Two new teams in large markets in geographical areas where the league desperately could use a few more clubs

Posted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 8:38 pm
by Minor League Man
And the lease has been approved:
http://arenadigest.com/201110183322/hoc ... way-center

Now all the ECHL needs to do is award that expansion membership...but I see no reason why they won't.

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:05 am
by nksports
At $22,000 per game, if you sell your tickets at $15 each, the first 1,500 tickets would go to the arena before you got the money to pay players or anything else. That seems a recipe for disaster.

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:10 am
by Indoorfootballguy
Any chance the ECHL would try and lure the Green Bay Gamblers to join? And become affiliated with the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals.

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:37 am
by Minor League Man
[quote=""Indoorfootballguy""]Any chance the ECHL would try and lure the Green Bay Gamblers to join? And become affiliated with the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals.[/quote]
The Gamblers are a junior hockey team...I don't know if this will ever happen, but I would sure enjoy seeing the Milwaukee players start out in Green Bay!

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:56 am
by aardvark
Gee, all San Diego needs is arena ownership that is pro-hockey, or perhaps a new building--probably both. I am 57, so I don't expect to see that in my lifetime.

Posted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:21 am
by robster2001
[quote=""Indoorfootballguy""]Any chance the ECHL would try and lure the Green Bay Gamblers to join? And become affiliated with the Nashville Predators and Milwaukee Admirals.[/quote]

Unlikely -- if anything, motion has been in the other direction, with a number of teams (mostly CHL teams in Texas, but a couple of California ECHL teams, too) dropping down to the NAHL to save money.

Memphis ECHL Expansion

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:42 pm
by south florida basketball
Rumour is of a group investors are ready to apply for a ECHL expansion franchise for Memphis playing out of the Fed EX Form. The River kings play across the border and downgraded from the Central Hockey to the SPHL.