Elmira/Corning Regional Airport

Fixing First Arena Fast

Written By: Joe Melillo

In an agreement made last week, Elmira Downtown Arena, the company that operates first arena, was ordered to pay $18,000 monthly and maintain the arena for the Jackals.

Fixing First Arena Fast
 

 

October 5, 2012

Elmira (WENY) - In an agreement made last week, Elmira Downtown Arena, the company that operates first arena, was ordered to pay $18,000 monthly and maintain the arena for the Jackals.

After an inspection Tuesday, there were plenty of problems found that must be fixed within 10 days or else EDA must pay a penalty. He does have an idea about how he is going to fix all the problems in the building, but whether the repairs will be made before the ten day deadline is up in the air. ELM Arena LLC which is owned by local businessman tom freeman had the building examined, and found a list of problems that need to be addressed.

      Some of the biggest problems include, one of the three ice compressors are not working, a sewer pipe under the locker rooms is cracked and the fire alarm system sometimes sounds false alarms.

      First Arena General manager Matt Huffnagle says other problems like hot and cold water in the showers and a few broken doors have already been fixed. Tom Freeman says in a statement that although there is a ten day limit, he understands if something takes more time to fix. and ELM Arena LLC would be understanding.

      “It's incorrect to think that everything has to be fixed in ten days what it says if something is in ten days then it has to be looked into,” says Huffnagle. “Some things it would be impossible to fix in ten days and I think everybody understands that as well, but first we have to identify things and look into them.”

      Of course the message here is there will be Jackals hockey and Matt assures me that the arena is safe.