Due to the delays in constructing the new Allentown, PA arena, the Phantoms were virtually homeless for the 2013-14 season.
That changed today when the Phantoms and the city of Glens Falls made a joint announcement that they have come to an agreement for the Phantoms to play one more season at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Despite the fans being loyal to what ever team is playing in Glens Falls at the time, there was immediate concern that another season of Phantoms hockey would impede the search for another team. The co-owners of the Phantoms, Rob and Jim Brooks, have an agreement with the city of Glens Falls that the Phantoms will step aside should the city acquire another team by April 1. Despite the apparent contradiction in that clause, reports from Post-Star writers and others say it’s just a way for the city to cover its behind and no harbinger of a back-room deal to bolt early.
As of right now, the 2013-14 season will be the Phantoms fifth season since moving to Glens Falls. They have not made it into the playoffs since their relocation to the Adirondacks and this season is not looking hopeful. Average attendance is 3,485 which is not bad for small town USA and an arena that seats just over 4,800, however that average is last in the American Hockey League.
The plan all along was for Glens Falls to be a temporary home for the Phantoms while their new arena is constructed. This was also to serve as a chance for the city to attract a long term solution to occupying the Glen Street venue. Is it wise to spend the time searching for another AHL team or is it time to start thinking about other leagues much like Bob H wrote about in his post, “Preserving the tradition in Glens Falls?”
Overall this means one thing, there will be hockey in the Civic Center next season. The team camping out in the rink will be the Adirondack Phantoms and that makes this Flyers faithful scribe and native son a happy guy.