No Strings Attached to Casper Events Center Ice Rink Money
There are now no strings attached to the $1 million donation given to the city of Casper for the installation of ice at the Casper Events Center.
Former Wyoming congressman John Wold initially donated the funds toward the project contingent upon the city striking a deal with a minor league hockey franchise by the end of 2013.
Casper mayor Paul Meyer says that agreement now contains no minor league hockey provision.
“He took the contract and threw it out, and said that this is your money to bring hockey to the city of Casper at the time and speed you can,” Meyer said. “That might not be 100 percent accurate, but it covers the tone of his very magnanimous contribution.”
City officials estimate that it will cost $2.6 million to install the rink. Meyer says the city is still aiming to land a professional hockey team by 2015.
In April, Casper City Council agreed to a $237,000 agreement with a Dallas-based firm for engineering and project oversight services for the installation of the rink at the city-owned 8,395-seat arena.