Tacoma's WCHL Team Shutting Down
Apr. 07, 2002
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ The Tacoma Sabercats, struggling with low attendance and financial losses, are suspending operations and quitting the West Coast Hockey League.
``In spite of everybody's best efforts, the bottom line is we're not even close to being a viable business,'' owner Barry Kemp said. ``We lost 10 times the amount of money we projected to lose this year.''
The Sabercats lost about $750,000 since Kemp purchased the team from Canadian businessman Bruce Taylor a year ago, The News-Tribune of Tacoma reported, citing league sources.
Attempts to boost attendance with increasing marketing and game-presentation budgets failed.
Attendance had fallen so low that Tacoma Dome director Mike Combs said there was no way to develop a new lease that would allow both the team and the Dome to meet expenses.