UMass Board of Trustees Votes to Continue UMass Lowell Hockey Program
Today, the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts approved a number of recommendations by the UMass Lowell Hockey Task Force that will enable the hockey program to continue during the 2007-2008 season.
Those recommendations include:
"This action by the Board of Trustees will allow the River Hawks hockey team to continue competing in Hockey East," said University of Massachusetts President Jack M. Wilson.
"Division I hockey has long been a signature sports program at UMass Lowell. The games played at Tsongas Arena have been important entertainment opportunities for the campus community, as well as for the entire Greater Lowell region," he added. "I am optimistic about finding long-term solutions to the current difficulties."
"We are committed to continuing our negotiations with the Lowell City Council, with the active involvement of the State House delegation and new UMass Lowell chancellor, Marty Meehan, in hopes of resolving these various issues related to the UMass Lowell hockey program," stated Matthew E. Carlin, chairman of the Board of Trustees' Committee on Athletics.
Last week, the Lowell City Council approved a recommendation by the Tsongas Arena Commission to approve a one-year amendment to the university's lease for the team's use of the Tsongas Arena facility.
Among the concessions requested by the university and approved unanimously by the Lowell City Council were:
The 6,500-seat Tsongas Arena, named for the late U.S. Senator Paul E. Tsongas, a Lowell native and former presidential candidate, opened in 1998 and was built with $4 million contributions each from the University of Massachusetts and the City of Lowell, as well as $20 million from the state, with the understanding that the arena would benefit the university.
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