SMG’s contract to run the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial is coming up. The city put out a Request for Proposals for a management company.
The Blue Cross Arena was built in 1955 and underwent a $41 million renovation in 1998. It gets about a half-million dollar city subsidy every year, as well as $905,000 in hotel motel tax. The income from the Blue Cross Arena is almost entirely eaten up by debt service.
The facility is home to the Amerks, Knighthawks, Razorsharks and Lancers. The Razorsharks, tired of playing third fiddle, want to move to the Dome Arena.
The arena can only fit about 12,000 people for events, making it hard to attract very large contacts away from CMAC and Darien Lake. But it still books a number of events throughout the year.
Is there something that should be done to bolster the arena and bring in more revenue? Is there something lacking in current management? It’s hard to see the city making a change without a significant new direction in mind.
Perhaps Terry Pegula, owner of the Amerks, will submit a proposal. Or buy the place.
Links of the Day:
– A study says Monroe County has poor oversight over its multiple ambulance services.
– A football movie starring Kevin Costner as the Buffalo Bills GM will now be based on the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland offered better tax incentives.
– “Milk smashing” has made its way to Western New York Tops and Wegmans stores.
– A Delaware County teacher complains about scripted lesson modules. She’s not teaching a “class of androids.”