From Brian Lockhart, CT Post:
After five years and over $615,000 in legal bills, the City Council Wednesday made peace with the Bridgeport Islanders, approving a settlement that will keep the hockey team–formerly known as the Sound Tigers–in town for another decade and upgrade the aged arena the players call home.
As part of the deal, the city committed to spending up to $28 million to return the arena to like-new condition.
“I’m grateful for those members supporting this,” Councilman Jorge Cruz, whose represents the harbor front where the city-owned, Islanders-managed sports and entertainment arena is located, said before the 13-4 vote held over teleconference. “I support this 100 percent.”
Members of the legislative body from other neighborhoods made the case that the venue and the hockey games and other events held there have benefited the entire community for two decades and will now be joined by the just-opened, warm-weather concert amphitheater next door to provide a year-round destination.
Full story here.