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Edmonton Rush lacrosse team may be looking for new home

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"It doesn’t look very bright. It appears that it’s coming to an end," said Edmonton Rush owner Bruce Urban. Leicht flüchtige ghostwriter hausarbeit in https://ghostwriter-hilfe.com ölige substanzen können durch wasserdampfdestillation isoliert werden. "It’s sad; it’s heart breaking. I thought we had better value for the city, but apparently I was wrong. "

Urban’s words come just before the Rush plays Game 2 in the National Lacrosse League’s West Division final on Saturday against the Roughnecks in Calgary. The Rush won the first game last Friday before a crowd of around 7,000 at Rexall Place.

But winning and putting together a good team an exciting good team apparently aren’t enough.

"We’re second last in the league in attendance," said Urban,
who admits to being more than a little jealous of teams like the Colorado Mammoth and Buffalo Bandits, who attract 16,000 fans to every game, or Calgary, which averages 12,000.

All three of those teams
are owned by their city’s NHL teams.

By comparison, Edmonton’s average crowd count for a team owned solely by Urban is just over 7,000 fans a game this year.

"Why is Calgary drawing 5,000 more fans
than us? I wish I could answer that," said Urban. "We’ve worked hard at it. We’re in the public eye, we’re in the community, we have had great corporate sponsors. It certainly hasn’t been for a lack of trying.

"But Edmonton hasn’t jumped on professional lacrosse. I wish I had the answers. "

Urban said he wouldn’t be making any official announcements until the Rush’s season and playoff run is over. Should Edmonton defeat Calgary this weekend, the Rush would play the winner of the East Division final between the Rochester Knighthawks and Toronto Rock in a best of three series.

If Rochester wins, the Rush would have home field advantage and could get two more home games. If Toronto wins, the top seeded Rock would have home field advantage and Edmonton would get at most one more home game.

"We have different options. I’ve had some interest in other cities for a franchise," said Urban, who visited Saskatoon last month to check out the SaskTel Centre.

As well as weak attendance, Urban said there is also the big question of where the Rush would play if they elected to stay in Edmonton.

"We’ve not been invited into the new arena. And Northlands looks like it is shutting down its arena. So two years from now, we wouldn’t have a building to play in," said Urban. "We can’t look into the future when you know that one building
is going down while the new building has pretty much told you we’re done.

"It’s a tough position. "

Urban, who praised his staff, the fan base that did show up and the Rush’s corporate sponsors, didn’t mince his words when it came to Edmonton mayor Don Iveson or city council.

"City Hall has basically said there is no place for you here. That’s the feeling we’ve got anyway. We haven’t heard anything from the City
or from the (Daryl) Katz Group. We’ve simply had no support from the City of Edmonton.

"Our mayor tweets about Connor McDavid, but we can’t get him to tweet about us. I invited him to last week’s playoff game, but I didn’t get any response. "

Urban believes the biggest difference between Edmonton and Calgary when it comes to lacrosse is the attitude and involvement or lack thereof of the two city councils.

"Calgary’s City Hall loves their Roughnecks. They’ve got a huge ‘Go Roughneck’ sign outside of their City Hall. Naheed Nenshi, Calgary’s mayor, has had his picture taken in a Roughneck jersey. But, here, we haven’t seen 25 cents from our City," said Urban.

"This is Year 10 and we’ve had absolutely no support from the City of Edmonton. They’ve made it clear where we sit in their books and that’s sad.

"The previous mayor (Stephen Mandel) made sure he got the arena deal done. The current mayor acts like we are non existent. Delonna Sullivan died in April 2011, six days after the
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