This weekend may be your last chance to see hockey inside the City Bank Coliseum.
Texas Tech Coach Paul Fioroni says the city has allowed the team to play Friday and Saturday's games against Oklahoma, but after that they must clear the ice. On Thursday, the council voted not to renew Tech's lease at the City Bank Coliseum, in turn closing the only open ice for the team to compete on in the Hub City.
Meanwhile, Texas Tech students spoke out about their hockey team Friday, and NewsChannel 11 has learned they are being heard.
Students came together to get a petition signed to let the Lubbock City Council know just how important hockey is to them. "The city of Lubbock is trying to get rid of Texas Tech Hockey, so we're trying to keep it. We're getting petitions to the students. It's for the kids, it's for the students. We're not doing anything wrong. We're doing a good thing for the community, and I wish they would reconsider and let us stay," student Christi Watkins said.
As of Friday afternoon the students had nearly 1,000 of the 5,000 signatures needed before Tuesday, and because of their efforts a town hall meeting has been called for Monday. The meeting will take place at 4 p.m. Monday in the Lubbock City Council Chambers at City Hall. All are welcome to attend that event.
The puck drops at 7:11 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights and Coach Fioroni encourages everyone to attend this weekend's games and show their support for hockey in the Hub City.
City Council Pulls the Ice Out From Under Tech Hockey
The Lubbock City Council pulled the power play on Texas Tech Hockey Thursday, informing Coach Paul Fioroni that they will not be able to play at the City Bank Coliseum anymore and must vacate the premises immediately.