The City of Lubbock has backed off last week's proposed lease agreement with Lubbock's hockey team. Instead a new version was adopted by Lubbock City Council during executive session Monday morning. This plan still offers the Cotton Kings a break in rent, but requires the team to pay off its old debts.
The agreement is for one season and reduces rent from about $60,000 to $30,000 a year. The team must also pay the $46,000 it owes from last season. Under the agreement, the city will pay utilities and maintenance costs, and the city has the ability to use the coliseum to book other events between games.
As for revenue from concessions, that will be worked out between the team and Civic Lubbock. Mayor David Miller says, "They are going to negotiate their own deal with Civic Lubbock Inc. and so for the first time they'll be able to perhaps get some revenue from concessions."
NewsChannel 11 did some research and found that game attendance has steadily decreased since the Cotton Kings first came to Lubbock in 1999. Back then, attendance was at almost 4,000, last year it was about 2,000.
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