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ATLANTA'S IHL TEAM EXPECTS SEASON-TICKET RISE
Published October 5, 1994
After a successful first season and winning the league's title in their 2nd, the IHL's Atlanta Knights open their season "on a wave of popularity." Knights president Richard Adler expects a 25% increase in season-ticket sales over last year up to about 4,000. He's projecting a 10-15% jump in attendance per game. Last year, the Knights averaged 8,463, 2nd in the IHL. But Adler said he's "foregone his original plans to bring an NHL team here and will stay with the growing IHL." The IHL is adding franchises in Houston, Denver, St. Paul, Detroit and Chicago this year and plans to expand into Europe next year. "He shrugs about reports that Ted Turner wants to bring an NHL team here": "I'm just going to keep on doing my own thing" (Louis Mayeux, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/5). ARENA PLANS ON HOLD: The Knights, who last month unveiled plans to build a new arena, have reconsidered. Adler said the team will let its option on a 120-acre site expire and delay a decision on whether to build a new home. The Knights, since unveiling the arena plan September 9, have re-negotiated their lease with the Omni through '96-97. They are discussing an option for two more years, or through '98-99. The Knights decided "there were too many variables to proceed." One unknown is Turner Broadcasting, which owns the Hawks. TBS has said it will build a new arena but has not determined whether it will be downtown or in the Atlanta suburbs (Tim Tucker, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 10/5).