Sheffield Steelers have been dealt their most serious set-back so far after the Arena told them a third match scheduled for the venue cannot go ahead.
Yesterday, the club were ‘confident’ Sunday’s visit by Belfast Giants would be at the Arena. Sadly that was misplaced.
While the leak appears to have been mended, it has taken longer than anticipated to pump five tons of the synthetic liquid glycol through the miles of piping under the concrete floor. Steelers now hope to play the game at iceSheffield - but that’s not been without its problems as the rink had arranged a Christmas panto practice on the same pad for the same afternoon.
It will be the third game that Steelers have had to switch from the Arena.
Owner Tony Smith said: “God only knows how much this has cost us, but the bigger issue is the damage to our brand.
“People who can’t get to see their ice hockey may go somewhere else and then we have to get them back.
“We have a fantastic, entertaining team here, the best we have had a few years. So this has been completely demoralising.”