By: Diane Benjamin I’ve heard numerous times about the lack of people working Coliseum events. Last night was no exception. I believe the final hockey game to ever be played at the arena took place last night. A local business sponsored suites and handed out free tickets. According to an attendee, there was only 1 […]
By: Diane Benjamin From the Proposed Budget Book 2: Page 191 http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=21&parent=9844 Basketball is dead. Look at hockey. In 2016 attendance was budgeted at 2000 per game. Does this look like 2000 people? Or this? This makes those Economic impact numbers immaterial.
by: Diane Benjamin First some background: Thousands of kids play soccer in Bloomington-Normal. They will soon lose their fields on the airport property because the FAA thinks it’s too dangerous. A group of supporters recently put together a proposal for a new complex on the west side combined with relocating the YMCA to south Bloomington. […]
by: Diane Benjamin 9/21/2005 http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3225416 “A tremendous amount of time and energy has been put into making this day a reality,” stated Mike Nelson, General Manager & Chief Marketing Officer of the U.S. Cellular Coliseum. “We feel that we have chosen the right league for the great city of Bloomington. The UHL is a league […]
by: Diane Benjamin Central Illinois Arena Management (CIAM) is moving forward with a non-professional hockey team in Bloomington even though it violates their contract. Council approval must not matter. Either Mayor Renner and David Hales have told them to go ahead because Council approval is in the bag, or CIAM wants the City to believe […]
by: Diane Benjamin I have written many times about the potted plants on the City Council. Only 2 council members bother to ask questions on most issues, the rest sit back and cheer for whatever is proposed. Meanwhile, Mayor Renner has been vilifying the Council for not approving his tax increases or proposing their own […]
Update: According to the link – John Butler took money from the Junior Hockey team wanting to locate in Bloomington without Council approval. What if the Council votes to CANCEL the CIAM contract and doesn’t approve a Junior Hockey team? If the 7 potted plants were interested in the citizens welfare instead of being buddies […]