On Friday, Elmira Pioneers owner Robbie Nichols confirmed a big hockey deadline at First Arena.
Nichols, who owns the rights to bring a Federal Hockey League (FHL) franchise to Elmira, tells 18 Sports that his final proposal has been sent to the owners of First Arena, the Chemung County IDA, and an agreement must be met by Wednesday at 4 pm.
Hockey has not been at Elmira’s First Arena since the Jackals franchise folded in April 2017 after 18 years in the city. Both sides have been in negotiations for the last few weeks to bring a hockey team back to Elmira. Financially, both sides have been at a stalemate and no deal has been made.
Nichols added that the First Arena has endured several facility issues that need to be addressed financially. That list includes fixing the roof, the ice plant, hockey boards, addressing boiler issues and more. The deal needs to work financially for Nichols and to not have to absorb previous problems with First Arena that were not fixed.
Last summer, Nichols already declined an IDA offer to bring hockey back to Elmira. Stick with 18 Sports on the latest developments on hockey potentially coming back to First Arena.