WMBD/WYZZ— Bloomington— Bloomington Prairie Thunder Hockey managers are trying to clear the air about the possibility that the team's agreement with the US Cellular Coliseum will be terminated. At a news conference Tuesday, Prairie Thunder representatives would not answer questions about leases or legal issues, but they did assure fans the Prairie Thunder is in it for the "long run." For years, the hockey team has struggled to bring in fans. They average 3,000 tickets a home game, which is less than half of the stadium's total seats during the season.
"Prairie Thunder Hockey is here to stay, we want to play in Bloomington, we want to play at the Coliseum, and we just felt like it was time to reinforce that to folks," Prairie Thunder Assistant General Manager Bryan Bloodworth said.
The hockey team provides around $1 million of the US Coliseum's annual revenue of about $4 million.