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Coventry Lures Ice Hockey From Solihull

Coventry is to have its own ice hockey team in a deal announced by the Skydome Arena today.

The 4,000 seat, £7 million venue has reached agreement for the Solihull Blaze to relocate to the city and play all home games on the arena’s state-of-the-art ice rink.

The squad will start training in August ready for the new British National League season which starts at the end of the month.

The team will be renamed the Coventry Blaze and are hoping to build up to crowds of around 2,000 for matches at the rink, which is run by Planet Ice.

Simon Burnett, manager of the Skydome Arena, said the birth of the Coventry Blaze would add to the city’s already increasing sporting profile.

He said:

“It is great news for the club, sports fans and for the arena.

“We said a couple of months ago that we were hoping to attract a top ice hockey team to the arena – we didn’t necessarily know they would be moving just 15 miles to make Coventry their home!

“We have already attracted top domestic and international basketball to the arena and Coventry Blaze adds to the city’s sporting portfolio. We will be hoping to attract existing Blaze fans, as well as a host of new supporters from this area.”

Grant Charman, a director of team owners Blaze Promotions Limited, said the move would give the club some of the best facilities in the country.

“Planet Ice have created a top drawer rink which is ideal for ice hockey and perfect for our needs. We have been connected with Solihull for around 30 years in one form or another but we have to look to the future of the club and how we want to develop.

“The rink we use at the moment was primarily designed for community use whereas the Skydome Arena is an ideal venue for spectators.

“We still have a lot of hard work to do over the next few months in putting the team together and in managing the move into our new home.

“We are also looking make significant additions to our portfolio of sponsors to ensure that the team we put out is a real championship contender and matches the quality of our surroundings.”

Blaze have progressed rapidly through the leagues over the last three years, winning the English Division 1, English National League and the English Championship in 1997-8, the English Premier League and English Championship in 98-99 and then moving up to the British National League last year. They finished seventh and made the semi-finals of the play-off championship.

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