Victoria Grizzlies ‘optimistic’ they’ll be back at The Q Centre

The two sides embroiled in a lease negotiation at The Q Centre remain in discussions and made up some ground on Thursday.

The Victoria Grizzlies and the West Shore Parks and Recreation committee met Thursday afternoon for another negotiating session, but neither side was willing to get into great detail about just how it went, though the team seemed more optimistic.

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“It went well and both sides are happy with the way it went,” said team president and alternate governor John Wilson. “We’re hoping we can get something put together [today]. The people at the table are optimistic in getting something done.”

A counter-proposal was made by the Grizzlies and the two sides are expected to meet again today, possibly at noon.

“Unfortunately, there is nothing to report,” said WSPR committee chair Rob Martin. “We’re both in negotiations and we have agreed to come back [today]. We’re still talking and we’re definitely working toward [a resolution].”

News broke Wednesday evening that the two sides were at odds as the Grizzlies were handed a proposal by the committee for a new lease at the Colwood facility.

The B.C. Hockey League team stated that terms were unacceptable and that, without great improvement on several key issues, the team could be forced to fold without an affordable place to play.

Advertising and concession revenues are all said to be part of the massive negotiations list.

mannicchiarico@timescolonist.com

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