As of Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Gwinnett Gladiators ownership group posted a notice on the team's website noting that management at the Arena at Gwinnett Center had "repeatedly informed" the team that they would not save tentative playoff dates for the Gladiators. In accordance with Arena management's policy, the Gladiators now face the prospect of not having another "home" playoff game.
The team recently swept the South Carolina Stingrays, and now prepares to face the Cincinnati Cyclones. The Cyclones have open dates in their home arena, and have offered to play games 3 through 7 there, with any game after four being only "if necessary."
This is a situation that should never have arisen. It shows great lack of interest and confidence on behalf of Arena management to not hold playoff dates for its longest-serving tenant. The Gladiators have been in the Arena at Gwinnett Center since day one, and they are now treated like second-class citizens.
To Arena management, it is apparently more important to schedule Disney on Ice, lingerie football and Romeo Santos. I'm sure each of these is wonderful in its own right, but not at the expense of the only hockey team left in the state.
Now the Gladiators are left to scramble to find viable options for the remainder of these playoffs. We might win the championship this year; we just might not get to see it.
Blake Duncan, Flowery Branch