BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Coast Coliseum Director Bill Holmes told WLOX on Friday that Mississippi Surge owner Tim Kerr is looking into the possibility of negotiating with the ECHL in securing the naming rights to the Sea Wolves. If he can succeed in doing that, the Surge could be renamed the Mississippi Sea Wolves, bringing back the popular mascot name.
Who can forget the memorable 1998-99 ECHL season when our Mississippi Sea Wolves captured the Kelly Cup Championship trophy?
However, if hockey is to return for the 2012-2013 SPHL season, the Surge want to have close to a thousand season tickets sold by the end of April. This past season out of 9 SPHL teams, the Surge ranked 7th in attendance.
Knoxville led the SPHL in attendance this season, an average of 3-thousand, 586 fans per game, breaking the total attendance of over 100-hundred-400 fans in 28 games.
Pensacola, the other SPHL team owned by Tim Kerr placed 4th in attendance...an average of 3-thousand-98.
In 28 home games inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the Surge had 63-thousand-280 fans go through the turnstiles for an average of 2-thousand-260 fans.
There were 600 season ticket holders. That would not enough to secure another season in the SPHL according to Surge owner Tim Kerr.
Can the Surge reach the goal of a thousand season ticket holders by the end of April?
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - As the Mississippi Surge closes its 2011-2012 season, owner Tim Kerr said the ice hockey team had a successful season. Yet, in order to insure the Surge remains here on the Gulf Coast Kerr said they must increase their season ticket base to 1,000 seats.
In a newsletter to Surge season ticket holders, Kerr said the team is working with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and fans to keep the Surge on the Gulf Coast.
"As you know, season ticket holders are the foundation on which any sports franchise is built. While we are hopeful about the future of the Surge going forward, it is imperative that we receive the full support of our fans and the community during this season ticket drive in order to help insure hockey continues here for many years to come," Kerr explained.
To help gain more season ticket holders the Surge launched the "Grand in the Stands" season ticket drive, which was launched in April.
"We are looking to increase our season ticket base to 1,000 seats. This number also reflects the number of season tickets we need in order to remain a viable operation and without reaching this number by the end of April, the immediate future of hockey here on the coast would be in serious doubt," Kerr said.
Surge Vice President of Communications Steve McCall said, "Is it a hard and fast number? No, I'm sure if we get 997 by April 31st, I'm sure Tim Kerr will be pleased with that."