Augusta RiverHawks move home games to Augusta Ice Sports Center

A square hole marks the spot where workers have been trying to fix the ice at James Brown Arena. The problems have forced the Augusta RiverHawks to move this week's games to the Augusta Ice Sports Center.

As James Brown Arena experiences problems with its ice, the Augusta RiverHawks will play all four home games this week at Augusta Ice Sports Center.


The RiverHawks said Monday they will play their four scheduled home games, including tonight’s game against the Knoxville Ice Bears, at the ice rink on Augusta West Parkway.

RiverHawks Vice President Ken Vezina said the games will be limited to season-ticket holders and corporate sponsors. The rink’s capacity is around 400, but there are 650 ticket holders and sponsors, so Vezina said the games will be “first come, first served.”

The RiverHawks said those who have already purchased single-game tickets to any of the four games this week, and are not season-ticket holders are eligible for refunds, either from the arena box office or RiverHawks front office.

The RiverHawks were forced to change their schedule last week when the arena’s ice melted. Vezina said Feb. 26 the ice began melting as a result of leaks in piping that cools the ice.

“We’re trying to get things figured out right now,” the arena’s general manager, Monty Jones Jr., said about the ice. “We’ve been investigating the cause, and there’s a little more maintenance required than we originally thought. We should have something in the next day or two.”

The RiverHawks announced Jan. 31 they were in negotiations with Global Spectrum to extend the team’s lease in the arena. The current lease expires at the conclusion of the season. At that time, the team’s statement said, the organization needed to secure around 800 season-ticket holders.

Last Saturday’s game against Knoxville was rescheduled for tonight, and last Thursday’s game against Huntsville was moved to March 14.

The RiverHawks will play host to the Ice Bears tonight at 7:35 p.m. The games Thurs­day and Friday will start at 7:35, and Sunday’s game starts at 4:35. Augusta is seven points back of Huntsville for the eighth and final SPHL playoff spot with 11 games left in the season.

Augusta RiverHawks reschedule games because of ice problems at James Brown Arena