Thursday, September 11, 2008
Machine moving to Wyandotte's Yack Arena
The Motor City Machine notified the North American Hockey League today that they will relocate their home games from the Ice Box Sports Center in Brownstown to the newly-renovated Yack Arena in Wyandotte.
“This was a very difficult and arduous decision, but the dreams, academic and athletic pursuits of the 25 young men on our roster are our priority,” said Machine managing partner Marc S. Schneider, MD. “We began this journey to relocate to Downriver area eight months ago and we investigated several venues.”
Yack Arena, the Taylor Sportsplex and the Ice Box, were all evaluated. In the end, the Ice Box was willing to contractually obligate itself to the significant structural improvements that are essential to a Junior A team's success. Due to other contracts, Yack and Taylor at the time, were unavailable.
“It was critical for the Ice Box to implement these changes and have them finalized prior to training camp," added Dr. Schneider. "We were very patient and worked diligently with the Ice Box to get these things accomplished. However, continued delays and unacceptable timelines forced us to consider other options.”
The city of Wyandotte has graciously opened its doors and is excited about the Machine playing their home games at the facility. The Machine will play their home opener against defending champion St Louis Bandits at Yack on Fri. Sept. 26 with a second game against the Bandits the next day.
“The Downriver community has been very excited and supportive of our move to the area,” said Motor City coach-GM Matt Romaniski. “Our players are starting to become part of the community, working with youth teams, making appearances at local businesses and working with elementary school reading programs.
"Playing at the Yack Arena will not only showcase one of the finest venues in our league, but also the people and fans that make Downriver area a great place to live.”