Tech Hockey Get's Second Chance? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/8/08

Tech Hockey Get's Second Chance?

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After the Texas Tech Hockey Team was told they would not be able to use the City Bank Coliseum, many supporters made their opinions clear.

Council members Linda DeLeon and Floyd Price support the hockey team's use of the coliseum. "I'm elected to be a person in city government along with my colleagues to stand up for the rights of our citizens of our community and our organizations of our community," said Price.

DeLeon adds a main complaint from the council is the program didn't pay for itself. But the new contract being presented at Thursday's city council makes up the difference. "We didn't want the taxpayer to subsidies Texas Tech University hockey club, well the contract is for $44,000 and we are bringing this issue to the citizens, and they need to be in support and encourage the five council people that voted against this contract for the $40,000 will now that will support a contract for $44,000 that will take place tomorrow morning," said DeLeon. 

"The contract right here makes up the deficit that we were talking about two weeks ago Thursday, so I just want to know what it is if it's not the money than what is it," added Price.

Most council members that voted against the club's use of the coliseum did not want to comment until after the contract is presented at Thursday's council meeting. But DeLeon and Price think the Tech Hockey Club is an asset to the community. "This is a win, win situation for Lubbock a win, win situation for Texas Tech University which is a major contributor to the economic growth of Lubbock Texas," said Price. 

"Make those phones ring with their respected representative and ask them to reconsider to bring civility to this issue," added DeLeon.

Again the vote at the last council meeting was 5-2 in favor of not renewing Tech Hockey's contract. NewsChannel 11 will be at Thursday's meeting and will bring you the latest from the vote.

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