The Memorial Coliseum filed a complaint in Allen Superior Court on Monday against Greater Kalamazoo Sports, Inc. The document claims the Kalamazoo Wings damaged equipment in the visitor's dressing room after a Dec. 21, 2008 game against the Komets. Coliseum official say fire damage to a showerhead, toilet seat, handicapped shower bench, walls and flooring in the room cost $9,450 to fix.
General Manager Randy Brown said coliseum officials have tried numerous times to be compensated by the Wings for the damage. The building eventually deducted the money from the Komets.
“Somebody did tremendous damage to the locker room,” Komets President Michael Franke said. “From our perspective, the coliseum has evidence it was done by the Kalamazoo Wings, and they are refusing to take responsibility for it. The Komets have taken responsibility for it. It happened on our guard at the game that night. It sounds like the coliseum is trying to get to the bottom of who actually did the damage.”
Officials from the Wings were unable to comment Monday evening, saying they had not seen the complaint yet.
The Wings won the game 2-1 on Dec. 21, before 6,497 fans as goaltender Joel Martin made 33 saves.
The brakes on the Wings' bus froze that day and coliseum officials allowed the team to park in the Exposition Hall and then helped transport the team's equipment to the dressing room.