Jacksonville Icemen Receive $1+ Million Gift From City
On June 23rd the City of Jacksonville city council approved to give over $16 million dollars to 72 local businesses, and non profits. The Jacksonville Icemen requested nearly 1.2 million and ended up getting 1.07 million. Sports teams across the nation have been heavily impacted financially during this pandemic however the only sports team here in Jacksonville that was rewarded by this handout was the Icemen. Other large handouts from city council included 4.2 million to the Jacksonville Zoo, and 2.18 million to the YMCA First Coast which includes 19 total locations.
The Icemen hockey team still had a quarter of their season remaining before the ECHL decided to cancel the season. The ECHL released this statement on March 15th- “The decision by the ECHL to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 Season does not come lightly, as this is an emotional time for our Players, Coaches, Member Teams, Fans and Staff. At this point in the Season, there has been immense dedication and countless hours committed in moving towards what is traditionally the most exciting part of the hockey year.”
The only other Pro team that was currently in season in Jacksonville was the Jacksonville Giants who were also about to start their playoff push before their season was canceled. All of the Jacksonville Pro/ College teams will be affected one way or another by the time the Pandemic finally ends however in this round of aid from the city only the Icemen will be getting funds.