News 12 at 6 o'clock, June 17, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga.---They started the day skating on thin ice, but the Augusta Lynx have managed to reach a contract agreement with the James Brown Arena.
"If I could do the James Brown thing I would tell you I feel good right now," said Don Troutman who is general manager of the Augusta Lynx.
He's feeling good now that he's finally reached a deal with the Augusta Coliseum Authority.
"It's one of those things you know is gonna work out alright but you just didn't have it, and we're just tickled to death," said Don.
And he should be. This all comes just 84 days before the season starts. The hold was a laundry list of talking points including...parking, concessions, and signage.
"Anytime you're in the 11th hour and trying to negotiate that many things certainly there is an opportunity for things to go south," said Keith Brown who is chair of the committee.
But not to worry. "It's about to get cold in this building again," said Don.
The Lynx will get a portion of concessions and parking will go from 4 dollars to 5 dollars with one dollar going to the Lynx.
"There are other parking lots near us where the price has been 5 dollars for years and years," said Brown.
"Lets play hockey," concluded Brown.