Columbia Hockey Fans Disappointed

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Wednesday, November 23 2005 Nov 23, 2005 Wednesday, November 23, 2005 10:08:06 AM CST November 23, 2005 in Sports

It's been more than 20 years since ice hockey was played in Columbia. And with the voting results in, hockey may have to wait another 20 years.

"I don't know how this city doesn't have an ice arena. I mean it would bring fans to our games especially and it would give kids and adults a things to do," Mizzou hockey player Wes Gale said.

Players like Gale drive 30 minutes away to Washington Park Ice Arena in Jefferson City for ice time. Something they were hoping would end.

"An ice rink in a town this big is going to create extra people coming into the community, coming to attend sporting events and provide additional recreational activities and I don't think that was made clear before the vote took place," explained hockey coach John Lamond.

However, the majority did not agree.Before the election, KOMU spoke with a man before the voting who opposed the proposition.

"Parks and recreation are nice, I enjoy Columbia's parks but I don't think we should continue the sales tax," explained Boone County Libertarian Party chair John Schultz.  "I'd love an ice rink, but I don't want my sales tax dollars going to it."

And for now they will not. The voting favored the opposition 56% to 44%. The proposition would have generated $5 million for the multi-purpose ice arena.

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