Summerside Storm struggling to make money
Financial issues could force the National Basketball League team to move
Despite a fantastic year on the court and a loyal fan base, the Summerside's NBL basketball team might not break even this year, says one of the owners.
The Summerside Storm is ranked second in the league and first in the Atlantic division, but overall ticket sales are down this year, in part due to the weather. Last year, Islander Day was the biggest selling game, but this year that event was snowed out.
The team's contract with Credit Union Place ends when the season is over and the team is weighing its options.
"The Credit Union Place is an incredibly busy facility. The Western Caps really have Sunday afternoon, minor hockey takes Saturday," said co-owner Duncan Shaw.
"We're trying to survive around the edges."
Regarding a possible move to Charlottetown, Shaw noted the Civic Centre doesn't have a basketball court, and joked that a minor issue. There is a bigger problem with both of the Island's two major arenas, he said.
"Neither has a Jumbotron," said Shaw.
"In all of our arenas in the league, hockey being the traditional sport, they have the signage and the advertising inventory to sell. So every other team in the league gets around that by selling time on the Jumbotron. We don't have one in any place on P.E.I."
The Storm has already qualified for the playoffs. They will start those at home on March 24.