Augusta Lynx co-owners Dan Troutman and Jan Hodges Burch didnt hide from their fan base on Friday afternoon when they held a news conference to discuss the future of Augustas minor league hockey team.
Tonight, the Lynx owners are hoping the teams fans wont hide from them when Augusta takes on Charlotte at 7 at James Brown Arena. Troutman said the team will fold if an investor or partner isnt found in a matter of days. After tonights game, the Lynx arent schedule to play at home again until Dec. 16.
Though nothing has been decided yet, tonights contest might be the final home game in the 10-year history of the Lynx.
We hope the Augusta Lynx finish the season, Troutman said. Were going to continue to operate it as long as we can.
But that could be a short time frame .
I think were in the days category and not weeks, certainly not months, Troutman said.
The Lynx, who have averaged 2,741 in attendance through the teams first six home games, might get a much larger crowd at tonights game from fans hoping to show their support in keeping the team afloat. The Lynx have discounted all tickets to $10 each, but even a season high in attendance wouldnt directly save the team at this point.
I think were going to have to have an investor, Troutman said. Quite frankly, weve got one more home game and then were gone for three weeks... The long story short is weve got to have some money quicker than we can do it with just attendance.
But Troutman did hint to the fans that a big attendance number could make an impact on the teams future in an indirect way .
Were very hopeful that one or both of the folks will be in town that are talking to us from out of town, Troutman said. It might make the conversation easier if the building is flat full of people. It cant hurt anything at all.
The Lynx, at the bottom of the standings in the six-team ECHL South Division, will face the fifth-place Charlotte Checkers tonight.
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