It’s confirmed! A team from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) will be able to play on the ice of the new colosseum from the 2021-2022 season. The City of Trois-Rivières and Deacon Sports and Entertainment Ltd. (DSE) finalized the agreement for the occupation of the new Trois-Rivières Coliseum for the next five years.
The agreement is accompanied by two renewal options of the same duration binding the two parties suddenly for a potential period of 15 years.
The mayor of Trois-Rivières was delighted with this lucrative agreement, which confirms the occupation of this high-level infrastructure for several years. “The Colosseum will host a unique sporting product in Quebec !,” he said. The arrival of professional hockey in Trois-Rivières will generate significant economic spinoffs, notoriety for the City and pride for the population. ”
For his part, the president and CEO of the new ECHL team in Trois-Rivières, Mark Weightman, said he was happy with the partnership concluded with the City of Trois-Rivières.
“We are delighted to confirm this agreement which will bind the City of Trois-Rivières and Deacon Sports and Entertainment for a period of 15 years. Today’s announcement represents an important step towards establishing an ECHL team in Trois-Rivières and is tangible proof that our first season is fast approaching. ”
Under the lease signed between the two parties, the City remains manager of the new colosseum while the DSE group will be the tenant of the premises. The lease includes the rental of ice hours, the use of boxes, the management of food concessions, revenue from advertising displays, the operation of a souvenir shop and ticket office.
The contract also provides for the possibility for the DSE group to offer a program of sports-flavored shows. However, this excludes any event of a cultural type, the organization of which will be the responsibility of the Directorate of Culture, Recreation and Community Life.