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Ice Zone future still on thin ice

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BOARDMAN, Ohio - The Ice Zone provides a place for children to skate or play hockey. Parents, grandparents, and those who enjoy skating are hoping it will stay open.

But financially Ice Zone has been on operating on thin ice. It's owner subsidizing the business to keep doors open for the past 15 years.

"He's losing $300,000 to $400,000 a year, Bruce Zoldan's heart is in this thing. He thinks it's a great contribution to the quality of life in the community and he's tried desperately to keep it open. We've just run into a wall with the mounting losses," said William Weimer, vice president of B.J. Alan Phantom Fireworks.

Weimer told 21 News an employee came up with the idea of selling season tickets to Phantom's Hockey to raise enough to transfer that money over to keep the Ice Zone open, and the owner agreed.

Season Tickets start at $240. Plus there are additional benefits such as a free Phantoms Jersey valued at $120, suite raffles, guest passes, VIP Ticket Assistance for Covelli Center events and more.

The facility will close in May for summer but the effort to keep it open is still skating forward.

"I think this excitement with the Phantons in the playoffs and playing downtown this weekend has really helped that were optimistic. We hope to have skating in the Valley," said Skip Mackall, Ice Zone & Skating manager.

When ordering season tickets, mention Code word "Ice Zone" to keep the Ice Zone open.

For tickets and more information visit, www.youngstownphantoms.com or www.theicezone.com.

 

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