- Virginia Waters
- May 05, 2013 - 09:44
When the Telegram reporter was writing this, she might be forgiven for thinking it was supposed to be a comedy. A $35 million building less than a dozen years old is falling apart. The roof leaks, the HVAC system is broken, and they're not able to maintain a decent sheet of ice for their principal tenant. Maybe it was that scorching April weather for which Newfoundland is so well known. Manager Bill Thistle obviously had his game face on as he did his best to perpetuate the long-standing hoax that Mile One is a sound investment of taxpayer dollars. Thistle didn't want to say whether, or why, the IceCaps had to practice elsewhere (you can bet the bill for that from Williams is in the mail). He did admit there are leaks, but really more like wet spots and run-off from the inoperable condensers. The tender for roof repairs (new roof?) is due out shortly. Even your standard new home comes with a 20 year shingle guarantee. Councillor Danny Breen carried the game of obfuscation even further by blurring the lines between capital and operating budgets. If it replaces or repairs something already there, then of course it is not a capital expenditure. It is an operating cost - and if this is what they're dealing with 12 years in, imagine what surprises are in store for us over the next ten. My guess is that if the province's AG ever had a look at some of their fanciful accounting treatments, he'd conclude the real cost of building and operating the building is much higher than reported. Add to this the fact that Mile One is remarkable only for its sheer ugliness and inefficiency. It is little more than a concrete bunker to match the concrete bunker next door. The dingy hallways are so narrow that in order get past the concession lines you have to be able to body-check like Ryan Clowe. If the rumours are true, then many season ticket holders have not renewed this year. Most, no doubt, were turned off by the lack-lustre play of our sub-Winnipeg franchise. My own reason for not renewing had more to do with the impossible logistics of getting in and out of the downtown on game night. I've gotten parking tickets in areas absent any 'no parking' signs but more importantly I've had my car scratched and my side mirrors pulled off. It's one thing to part with a few thousand dollars for the tickets, but I've concluded that actually using them has become too much of a hassle.
- wanna be town
- May 04, 2013 - 12:52
Bil Thisle knows Darn well the ice cat mile one is garbage and thats why the icecaps were forced to fine other venues..Mile One better come to the sences because if they keep playing with fire they will get burnt..Meaning do what the Icecaps ask or face the future without hockey..