Hockey team owner responds to lock out

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UPDATE:  Wichita Falls Force owner Bill Davidson sent an immediate response to our story about the team being locked out of the MPEC for non-payment of use fees for the facility.

“It’s already been paid…deposited into the city account.”  Davidson said by text message “Lease states 5 business days which is today.   Maybe the new building manager doesn’t want hockey in WF ?!??!!”

Davidson went on to say “Doesn’t make any sense to me? I’m just going by what our lease reads. I’ve paid every invoice given.  Maybe someone doesn’t want hockey in WF.” 

“I’ve spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to make this happen….It’s tough when apparently the building doesn’t want to have a partnership and relationship. The company running the building is wrong plain and simple.  If we do not resolve something ASAP I will have to seek legal ramifications.”

We have not received reaction to these comments from MPEC Management as of this writing. 

Original Story: 

Is the Wichita Falls Force hockey team in trouble?   It depends who you ask.  The team canceled Friday’s game against the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees after there were transportation issues with the RGV team. 

However, according to MPEC management the team would not have been allowed into the Kay Yeager arena Friday because team owners have not paid their bill for use of the facility. 

Spectra General Manager Michael Tipton tells that the team missed a payment that was due at 5pm on Thursday and was therefore locked out of the arena.  Tipton went on to say there was another payment due Friday by 5pm for the team to be allowed into the facility for Saturday’s game.

Tipton tells us there is a time where the taxpayers and citizens of Wichita Falls have to come first.

Contacted about the lock out, team and league owner Bill Davidson responded by text message “Full Steam Ahead.”

The USA Central Hockey League, owned by Davidson, was founded this year with four teams.  Yesterday the Texas Lawmen…the team from Midland announced it had ceased operations, leaving the league with just three teams including the Wichita Falls Force.  

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