Macon leaders OK measure aimed at Augusta RiverHawks

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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MACON, Ga. (AP) -- The Macon-Bibb County Commission has approved a rental agreement for Augusta's minor league hockey team to play in the Macon Coliseum if the team moves to the central Georgia city.

The Telegraph of Macon reports that commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the five-year agreement.

Kevin Dowdell, director of sales and marketing for the Macon Centreplex, said the Southern Professional Hockey League last week authorized Macon to host a franchise. The Centreplex includes the coliseum, where Dowdell said hockey supporters hope to average 2,100 fans at games.

The Augusta RiverHawks have not announced a move from Augusta.

The RiverHawks, who would be renamed the Macon Mayhem, were established in 2010 but haven’t been able to play in Augusta’s James Brown Arena home since February 2013 due to problems with the ice system. The team's owner said in October he was considering moving the team to a new city.

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