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Fans control Surge’s stint in South Mississippi

on Apr 18, 2012
Fans control Surge’s stint in South Mississippi

By Al Jones, Biloxi Sun Herald

BILOXI -- The fate of the Mississippi Surge may rest in the hands of the fans.

Surge owner Tim Kerr held a town hall meeting on Tuesday at the Coast Convention Center, saying the current ‘’Grand in the Stands’’ season ticket drive is moving forward.

But it’s not on track to reach the 1,000 season ticket mark by the end of April deadline set by the Southern Professional Hockey League franchise.

‘’We have sold 411 season tickets now,’’ Kerr told the Sun Herald. ‘’There is some momentum starting to build. But the league needs to know what I am going to do by May 15. They have my line of credit and we had a meeting with the building (coliseum) about next year. My obligation to the league is to let them know if we are going to play next season or not.

‘’We had 605 (season tickets) last year. Do I think we are going to get there (1,000) in two weeks? No. I hope to see some momentum in the next couple of weeks and close that gap so we can move forward.’’

Kerr, now entering his second full season as the Surge owner, said a season ticket base of 1,000 has been achieved in Pensacola, another franchise that he owns.

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