Lets hope the EIHL board make a good decision this time around. Given the issues MK had, which are well documented in the public domain, the last thing the league needs is to get a team in just to make up the numbers then go bankrupt quickly.
How MK of the last year were allowed to continue in the final year is beyond me. The EIHL board must have know how desperate the situation was but still let it continue.
Lets hope for proper due diligence and a proper investment to make things work.
Slightly surprised to read (via Thunder?) that capacity at MK is 2800. Although there is a chunk of the arena that you can’t actually see from the away section, which probably makes it seem smaller than it is. Even so, with their average attendance this season shy of 1600 a significant split doesn’t look obviously sustainable.
Somewhere (either in this or the previous article on the site), someone asks why the Lightning owners didn’t approach the fans, especially given that there seems to be plenty of cash available. It is a good question. I can imagine that the NIHL club with lower costs and the existing support might be more sustainable, even profitable, but another possibility is that their are simply egos getting in the way of good governance.
Anyone got any idea how 3 (or 4: EIHL, NIHL 1, NIHL 2, Women) league teams time-table to play on 1 rink? Personally, I’d be happy to turn up earlier (or stay later) if there was another game, but it does seem to require more hours than are obviously available.