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03-23-2010, 03:04 AM
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Originally Posted by colombianbrew View Post
A pre-fab building is probably your best best. Often you can get old aircraft hangers for a decent price. Also, check out I know people who have dealt with them and have been very happy, they can even help you find used structures I think.
wow, those building are pretty awesome, thanks for the suggestion.

Originally Posted by SJGoalie32 View Post
Two thoughts here......

1) You said that you had rented a warehouse before. Couldn't you try simply doing that again with another local warehouse? Surely there is another one somewhere in the community you could use.

2) A place I once played a roller hockey tournament in was the Center Cirle in Rahway, NJ. I highly suggest you Google their website and take a look at the pictures of their facility. They have both roller hockey and indoor soccer.

Basically, the building is a series of giant canvas tents held up by steel pipes/braces/supports. It's surprisingly weather-resistant. They do get a ton of rain, snow, strong winds, and both hot & humid temps in the summer and freezing temps in the winter, but the canvas still holds up just fine for the most part. Oh sure, there is the occasional leak and patch job needed, but I remember the old Rollin' Ice facility at the Fairgrounds complex having problems with a leaking roof, too.....and that was solid concrete.

Anyway, when I first saw it, I thought it was a brilliant facility. I don't know if such a facility would meet with the earthquake regulations that California has, but it does fit many other requirements. It seemed to handle the NJ climate and weather just fine, it's undoubtedly significantly cheaper to build and repair on your own (perhaps even cheaper than renting a facility over the long-term), it houses several rec sports, and the opacity of the tent lets enough sunlight into the facility that you could probably even save quite a bit on electric bills by not even turning on the lights in the daytime hours.

Again, don't know if it would work out here or fit into your business plan, but it may be a cheaper, easier, and much faster facility to build. Then you'd just need to fiind an open plot of land.
Yes, we are trying to find another temporary situation like the one we used in the past. We were going to start playing at a school on their basketball court, even got so far as to get our nets out of storage and re-register with USA inline, only to get denied the day before we were supposed to play by the school board. for now the only games we have been able to play have been on tennis courts, fun, but not what we were are looking for.

and also another great idea on the building, something like that would be ideal. and i'm pretty sure they can be built to code, one of the indian casinos up here has a huge tent they hold concerts in, pretty similar.

Originally Posted by TheSandman View Post
First, I commend you on bringing hockey to NorCal (waaay North).

To clarify, Sharks Ice is run by the Sharks, Rollin' Ice is not, although it's owned by a former Shark (Dave Maley).

Maybe try a YMCA or similar place? My first experience in organized hockey was at a was outdoor, on a basketball court, with Border Patrol (knee high foam boards), outdoor and with a ball. Humble beginnings indeed! But maybe a YMCA or other existing non-profit or educational facility could be your next home...?
This all started at a rec center, where border patrol boards were used, they decided to take out the sports court flooring and put in a rubber floor, total nightmare for our program, at that point we had 4 leagues going, plus drop-in hockey. The new floor killed it, thats when we went out on our own, formed the board and started playing in a warehouse. I am going to look up all the possible locations and give them all a call and see if we can get something going.

thanks to all!!!

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