Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Deacon Sports says Growlers "Thrown out" by Mile One

A protracted dispute between the City of St. John’s and Deacon Sports and Entertainment are boiled over and the result is a break, now the Newfoundland Growlers’ hockey season in limbo.

The city informed the ECHL team this morning that they have been expelled from Mile One, just a week before the team was due to have its home opening. They have already played four road games.

An emergency meeting in St. John’s City Council was held yesterday and Deacon President and CEO Dean MacDonald says there will be a lawsuit. With his words, they will bring more than one pea shooter into the fight.

St. John’s Sports and Entertainment and Deacon recently signed a three-year lease, but Deacon has been told that employees find the workplace situation with Growlers an undesirable situation.

Mayor Danny Breen is speaking to the media this hour and telling the story from the city’s perspective.

Tickets were supposed to go on sale a few days ago, but Mile One had trouble making it happen, something that made MacDonald confused, as that’s what they do by selling tickets.

That was not their only concern.

MacDonald sent a list of concerns to the city, including lack of food prices. They sent the city a long list of concerns, as “very little had been done to prepare for the coming season.

He does not know what is in store for the team as it is late to come up with a new venue.

He says it may be difficult to find a meeting place in the province at this time.

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