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STRIKE/LOCKOUT FALLOUT IN ANAHEIM: IS THE POND MELTING?
Published October 28, 1994
Michelle Himmelberg of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER examines the effect the baseball strike and the hockey lockout have had on local stadiums. "Every game the Mighty Ducks don't play costs the operators of Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim a net loss of $25,000 to $30,000," according to arena GM Brady Mayne. Mayne even wants the ice taken out of The Pond this week as a cost cutting measure. At Anaheim Stadium, operators "through personnel reductions and hard-line cutbacks," were able to "limit the net losses to $313,000." The loser at the two facilities may be Ogden Entertainment Services, concession operator for both. Ogden also has a 30-year deal to manage and operate The Pond. Mayne: "Corporations like Ogden are going to lose big bucks, no question." If the NHL doesn't play until January, Ogden's losses at The Pond could climb as high as $500,000. In the meantime, it is "nearly impossible to fill the vacated dates because most events are booked six to eight months in advance," and although facilities can buy insurance for lost events, Anaheim Stadium GM Greg Smith says it's so expensive, "it doesn't make sense" (Michelle Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 10/27).