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WesBanco Arena Name to Remain

Venue’s manager has a wish list of improvements

August 24, 2013

WHEELING — The name WesBanco Arena will remain emblazoned across the home of the Wheeling Nailers for at least another decade, as the bank and the downtown venue have agreed to a 10-year, $2....

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Aug-25-13 9:44 PM

You have to love it when WesBanco spends 2.5million to see their name in lights, yet pay the absolute lowest interst rates on the planet. Case in point, I have about $7500 right now in a savings account there and the interest is a whopping 29 cents per month, so low I don't even have to report it on my tax return. It wasn't the Nailers that made WesBanco all their money, it was account holders and customers of all stripes. I think it's time to give back to the customers first.

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Aug-25-13 4:18 PM

They know that without the Hockey Team the Civic Center will fail. Not sure the public wants to support the Hockey Team.

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Aug-25-13 12:13 PM

Sure hope they do not use sales tax money to subsidize the hockey team operations. That may be the plan.

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Aug-24-13 11:23 PM

dying: Translation: the team is losing money. They would like to break even. Yet attendance is just 50% of normal for the league. The Wes Bank money is probably not intended for Nailers operations; rather improvements as described. The team is not likely to make it for long with operating losses. It is an expensive project in a declining market.

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Aug-24-13 1:08 PM

If RED truly wants to make the Nailers a "viable, long-term franchise", the first thing they'd do would be to lower the ticket prices to a range that most people in the Ohio Valley can afford. When the "Thunderbirds" first started playing here, one of their big sales pitches was that all tickets were something like $7 - $10 each. That's doable for a family of 4. Now ticket prices start at $13.50 and quickly jump to $25.50 per game, depending on where you're seated. Many families can't afford that, and I'd think RED and The Nailers would understand that if they'd charge less $$ per seat and fill the place, that may be better than charging more per ticket, and having the usual dismal attendance they've been experiencing, with no life in the arena during games...

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Aug-24-13 7:54 AM

RED is a NON-profit, care to explain the following statement?

"The Hockey Club of the Ohio Valley - a partnership between RED and the Wheeling Amateur Hockey Association - purchased the Nailers last year for an as-yet undisclosed price from former owners Rob and Jim Brooks. Nailers Alternate Governor Brian Komorowski, also RED's financial manager, said he could not comment on whether the team is making a profit.

"We're working to make this a viable, long-term franchise," Komorowski said."

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