2003 - 2004
June 20, 2004
Letters To The Editor
Positives of hockey outweigh negatives
I cannot believe the city of Greensboro is willing to let the Generals slip away. Hockey has been a part of this city's history since 1959. It is my understanding that hockey is one of the reasons the Greensboro Coliseum was built. The Generals are more than just a product on the ice. The players live here seven months (some year round). They shop at area stores and eat at area restaurants. They're involved in the schools and the community doing charity work.
Visiting teams and their fans (some as far away as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida) stay in hotels, eat at restaurants and shop, all within the city limits. Fans from cities like Charlotte and Roanoke make a day of it by sightseeing, shopping and dining before the game. Then there are fans like myself, a season ticket holder who usually meets with other fans before the game for dinner at area restaurants, spends money at the coliseum and goes out to area restaurants after the games to socialize with the players. I may not pay city taxes, but I do spend my money in the city along with thousand of others.
Before the City Council, and the News & Record, are so quick to vote this team out, they should look at what the Generals bring to this city. I think the positives outweigh the negatives.