Ice hockey will return to the City Bank Coliseum.
At Thursday's Lubbock City Council meeting Mayor David Miller asked," All those in favor, say I, I, all those opposed. It passes unanimously 7-0. Good luck guys, represent us well."
Thursday morning, Lubbock City Council approved a lease negotiation with the Texas Tech hockey team to play at the City Bank Coliseum. The negotiation comes about a month and a half after the city stopped negotiating with the Cotton Kings, ending their reign in Lubbock.
Part of Tech's presentation at City Council Thursday morning, included a promise to make the coliseum a community facility. Coach Paul Fioroni emphasized that he wants to make sure the facility is not exclusive to Texas Tech but that it be a community rink.
"This is a tremendous day for hockey in Lubbock and for Tech Hockey and youth programs and adult programs. We really want to make it more used for the public than it has in the past." Coach Fioroni said.
The lease is for one year and will cost the team $40,000 in rental charges. Tech is also purchasing a new ice plant.
"We're eating a lot of costs obviously. We're paying rent, utility costs, and the new ice plant, and we had to take those steps for the lease to work," added Fioroni.
The lease carries an option to renew for two season and Civic Lubbock will operate game concessions. The next step will be getting the new ice plant in next week so the boys can start training camp.
Their first home game will be September 28th against the University of North Texas.