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Youngstown Chevy Centre (I Told You So)

Posted by LOTGK on June 8, 2008

youngstown chevy center
If You build It – They Will Come

November 29th, 2004, the city of Youngstown, Ohio invested 41 million dollars in a convocation center (Chevy Centre) deemed to breathe new life into the city by luring new business, sports teams, concerts, trade shows and special events to the downtown area.

Global Entertainment was the original management team of the convocation center and created a new hockey team, the Steelhounds, that played in the Central Hockey League. (What a coincidence that Global also managed the CHL) This sounded all good until the Grassy Knoll Institute exposed what the deal really was. The Central Hockey League is based in Texas and has teams in Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and now Youngstown, Ohio. Anyone else see anything wrong with that alignment? Youngstown was the only team East of the Mississippi. The travel expense was very high for Youngstown.

For the original update, go to…. Youngstown Convocation Center 2004

Just a few days ago, the Vindicator (Youngstown’s local newspaper) announced that the Steelhounds, owned by Herb Washington, will not play the 2009 season. Apparently, there are a few issues concerning travel expenses and fee’s not paid. Who didn’t know this was coming? (Apparently the people pushing the hockey league)

Today, the city of Youngstown has a convocation center with a huge slab of ice melting at it’s center core. Temperatures are rising, as are fuel prices as the center realizes declining revenue.

All hope is not lost however. The Arena Football League “Thunder” plays at the center but the schedule only calls for 4-5 home games per season. That leaves an abundance of open dates.
Concerts and trade shows fill some of the void with American Idol winner and country music star Carrie Underwood performing next week to a sold out audience. That still leaves hundreds of days left open on the calendar.

Alas, the center was counting on the hockey team as their revenue maker, hoping for 4500-5000 paying customers for 28-30 home games. That revenue stream has dried up. In fact, the Steelhounds never achieved that type of attendance. Estimates have been as high as 2500 per game and as low as 800 per game. Not nearly what the team needed to break even. (4500 hundred paying customers)

The Chevrolet Centre sits mostly dormant, patiently waiting for city council to sort out the hockey debacle and plan the next spectacular venue (Sarcasm) for the city.

If you build it, they will come. (But only in the movies)

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12 Responses to “Youngstown Chevy Centre (I Told You So)”

  1. aintgotno said


  2. Gumby said

    Seriously, is Youngstown a big hockey town? I thought they were all about football. Not hockey.

  3. Fish-On-A-Wall said

    Thats tragic. They have to find something more entertaining than hockey. Minor league hockey to boot.

  4. Contessa Confessa said

    hmmm, maybe coach tressel can be lured away from the Bucks (and back to Youngstown for some hockey coachin’). Could just put Youngstown, Ohio “on the map.”

    Soon, hockey fans everywhere will be sportin’ knitted sweater vests…

    (i can see it now)

  5. Lou said

    This is the last big Hairball Global will cough up at the foot of Youngstown’s Bed.

    I’m Sure talks are under way with Zoldan, and they’ll schedule more entertainment.

    Maybe we’ll Have the “Australian Pink Floyd” play the open dates: Wasn’t That Global’s Go-To Seat filler?

  6. LOTGK said

    LOL, coach Tressel is a God at Ohio State. And hockey, just not a big sport here in Youngstown. First, not enough fan base, second, not enough interest.

    Agree with Global. About Bruce Zoldan, why would he have interest in the center now? He already built the Ice Zone in Boardman where his hockey team plays.

  7. John Brown said

    It should now give some of those who have the beleive that in places like this, health issues are no handdled with herbs at all. However I think herbs give the best solution to health problems.

  8. LOTGK said

    That sums it up right there. Thanks John.

  9. NegativePlus1 said

    Youngstown, where the hell is that.

  10. LOTGK said

    Just a little South of West Bumblefuck. This is becoming an almost Frequently Asked Question.

  11. Fabio said

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  12. LOTGK said

    Fabio, didn’t you learn your lesson when your face got smashed in by a bird while riding a roller coaster.
    Quit spamming the comment box with your irrelevant links.

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