TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The local professional hockey team in Dayton will not play this season citing lack of arena availability.
The Dayton Demolition Hockey team is housed by Hara Arena, a facility that’s been dealing with financial instability for years.
“At this time I regret to announce that Dayton Professional Hockey will be going dormant for the 2016-2017 season due to arena availability and lack of lead up time,” wrote Dayton Demolition Coach, Joe Pace Sr. on the team’s website.
2 NEWS reached out to Hara Arena for comment. We were told the facility will make an announcement in August, but officials declined comment for now.
“I came to Dayton to run a professional hockey team for not only this year but for years to come. Unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control Hara Arena is unable to sign leases not only to myself, but to other tenants,” wrote Pace.
Pace went on to say he will look for another location to house professional hockey in Dayton if Hara Arena is not available for the 2017-2018 season. To read his letter in it’s entirety, click here.