Watertown Wolves, City Look To Make A DealPosted: Updated: May 11, 2018 04:42 PM
The Watertown Wolves hockey team is the biggest user of the city's $10 million arena. Another year's contract would secure $40,000 in revenue for the city.
Fresh off a championship win, the Wolves are interested in signing another year's lease with the city.
Some have worried that the team was just skating by and questioned if the team would return because of low attendance numbers during the regular season - but the stands filled up with fans as the Wolves played into the post season.
League commissioner and team owner Don Kirnan admits the Wolves lost a little money this season, but he wants the team to remain in Watertown.
"We're trying to build off that success and we're trying to make things better next year and we want to come back next year," he said.
Watertown Parks and Recreation Superintendent Erin Gardner says the city wants the team back, too.
"Nobody's said anything to me about them not coming back. I know that they want to negotiate the terms of the lease and possibly change some things," she said.
While the two sides both want another lease, one thing must be negotiated and that's damages and for how much after a door got damaged by an opposing team to the tune of $1,300.
"We had to replace the door. In the lease, it clearly states any damage done to the arena property done by the team, opposing team or fans, is the responsibility of the owner of the team," said Gardner.
"Nothing horrendous in my opinion; just minor things as far as how repairs get handled," said Kirnan.
Another issue Kirnan wants to talk about - concessions. He's interested in having more options, like catering, and making revenue off those options.
Right now the city runs and profits from the existing concession stand at the arena.
Both sides plan on discussing the next lease in person later this month.