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Massena Arena has ‘very strong month,’ according to rec superintendent


MASSENA - With $30,190 in revenue in January, Massena Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey says January was “a very strong month” financially. “The numbers are very strong,” he told Massena Joint Recreation Commission members this week.

Mr. Boprey said the revenue came from a number of sources including arena ice rental, games, events and public skating fees, which includes shinny hockey sessions.

Arena advertising for the month was $1,450, he said.

“That looks very good, too,” he told board members.

Concession sales were also strong, up $1,400 from the previous month, Mr. Boprey said.

The figures don’t include payments from SUNY Potsdam, whose men’s hockey team is using the arena this season while their home ice at Maxcy Hall undergoes renovation. But, Mr. Boprey said, with the Bears’ home season winding down, he anticipates payment for the 10 contracted games at the Massena will be arriving soon, bolstering their upcoming revenue numbers.

The Bears were on the Massena Arena ice this past weekend, he said, and the weather affected crowd numbers. A snowstorm on Friday limited spectators to about 100 people, and they generated about $140 in concession revenue, Mr. Boprey said.

Saturday night, however, when the Bears beat Geneseo, the attendance jumped to around 275 to 285 spectators, according to the recreation superintendent.

The team’s final games at the Massena Arena will be held Friday against Oswego State and Saturday against SUNY Cortland. Both games are at 7 p.m.

Mr. Boprey said the team organized a chuck-a-puck contest last weekend to raise money for the Massena Humane Society, and that netted $60. Money from this weekend’s games will also go the Massena Humane Society, he said, and the team also plans to present checks to the Massena Rescue Squad and Massena Minor Hockey.

The Bears’ NCAA Division III overall record is 8-14-1, and their conference record is 5-9-0. On Friday they scored a 4-3 overtime win against Brockport, and had a 4-3 overtime win against Geneseo on Saturday.

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