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Tailing the Komets

New rinks need names

Posted in: Komets


Frozen Water
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 11:17am

Slow day on the blog, no one has much to say.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 11:40am

I think they call that a "work day."

Frozen Water
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 11:54am

Never stopped anyone before. Maybe I'll whip up some negative observation and get everyone crying about it...

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 1:36pm

I'd rather see nothing...rather than the negative stuff...i think the negative stuff actually turns Frozen Water on...you seem to be chasing it all the time...LET IT GO

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:05pm

Well how bout this. I went to the New Canlan Ice rink Saturday. It's a nice facility, but I can't say i'm impressed. I realize they're still putting the finishing touches on the rink, but seating is terrible. Thier idea is to get as many people up in the restaraunt as possible leaving little room around the ice itself to sit. I understand that makes good business sense, however unless you sit up against the glass in the restaraunt you can't see the near end of the rink.

Blake Sebring
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:09pm

Chad, these folks are ONLY about the money.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:16pm

Well, five names and three rinks might be hard to match up evenly (and I'm not sure anyone would want, or be able, to say "I'm playing on Mitzi today) but how about something like this. Sell the naming rights to a corporation (say Comcast) and call it Comcast Founders Ice Arena.

Inside the rink each founding member could be remembered with a plaque and some thoughts. I think it has a ring that might satisfy all needs.

I noticed Comcast is already painted on a rink. Wouldn't it be cool if as part of the deal it was possible to broadcast some games on a public access channel.

As for seating. No single sheet will have the capacity of blue, but all rinks will have stands along the sides away from the benches. They just aren't installed yet. Figure seating about what's available now on the red rink.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:26pm

Yes Blake I know they're simply about the money. That aspect doesn't change my mind about the terrible seating arrangements. You almost have to press ur nose against the glass to see the near end of the rink.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:29pm

And from what I understand capacity for Blue was about a 1000. The restaraunt holds a max of 1000 standing room among 3 sheets. So if you have the big game in the center rink #2, unless your up against the glass, you won't see much of the game.

Frozen Water
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:48pm

Komets91: Probably one of the less intelligent posts I've seen in awhile, but alright. Turned on by negative things? I don't really understand that one. However, that does seem to get people talking and expressing their ideas. Saying it's a slow day didn't really mean to make slow remarks. I guess I should've been more clear.

In other news, does anyone know if they are going to be showing most of the Olympic hockey games in their entirety, or will they be on some of the side-channels the network owns?

Blake Sebring
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 2:56pm

I agree with you 100 percent, Chad.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 3:11pm

Nice article Blake, those are great names in Fort Wayne youth hockey history. I like ITB's idea to market the name and then broadcast the games on public access or maybe even PBS? Once the tournaments start rolling in that would nice to see if you cann't make it to the rink.

Also worth mentioning is Todd Ramsay who played a major role in developing thecenter.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 4:01pm

I thought that they were going to make one of the rinks with seating for bigger events if needed.

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 4:32pm

I think most of the games will be on USA & CNBC=I think

Tue, 02/16/2010 - 7:18pm

Supposedly the Komets and IPFW have bought their own locker rooms and after the locker rooms are built this summer they will build grand stands on Rink number 3. Then the two locker rooms will be under the stands. I agree about the no seating. We had games there Saturday with no seats then on Sunday they brought in some tiny stands for about 20 people. Everyone was standing along the glass. I understand about the money part but what I don't understand is why they don't listen to the people who are paying the money. We told them what we thought and they ignored us. But that's Canlan for you. Their attitude is that if you don't like it too bad.

Blueline Baby
Tue, 02/16/2010 - 8:27pm

Yep....no seating yet, not really much room for it even when it does come in, the third rink is not even gonna be ice until maybe this fall....wow. What a letdown. I feel like I really got my hopes up for nothing about that place. Unfortunately, that is the only ice in town, so like it or not, that is where we are stuck until I win the lottery and can build a competing rink!

Wed, 02/17/2010 - 2:10pm

Did I misunderstand? Fort Wayne had the first artificial ice rink in the State in the 50's? Indianapolis had a "pro" team in 1939. I am pretty sure it was played on artificial ice at that time.