Macon Mayhem unveils logo, hockey returns in 2015

Macon Mayhem unveils logo, hockey returns in 2015

The logo for the Macon Mayhem was unveiled Wednesday, featuring the team's colors of red, white and blue and the team's mascot, "Mac" the Barbarian.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - It's official! The Macon Mayhem will hit the ice next fall.

"I told my wife we'd be stupid not to come to Macon," Bob Kerzner told a crowd Wednesday at the Marriott City Center Hotel.

Bob and his wife Diane, owners of the Macon Mayhem, are thrilled to be in middle Georgia.

"It's very rare to find this type of positive, upbeat attitude in any city out there, especially when it pertains to hockey," he says.

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted unanimously last week to allow the team to move into the Centreplex.

"People need to know that this commission is committed to this entire community," says commissioner Al Tillman.

The Mayhem's logo was unveiled Wednesday.  It features the colors red, white and blue--the same colors used by the Kerzners' team in Augusta, which had to sit out last season after their arena's cooling system stopped making ice.

"The pipes actually rotted out, and it would have cost them [city of Augusta] in excess of a million dollars to replace it, and they chose not to replace it."

The owners say this won't only be their team.  It will belong to all of middle Georgia.  On game nights, you won't see them up in a sky box. They'll be in the seats with the fans.

"We'll be out there walking around," Kerzner says.  "I like cigars, so I'll probably be out in the smoking area having a cigar with the smokers and answering any questions they have."

This won't be the city's first attempt at hockey, but it will be the first try in nearly a decade.  The last team, the Macon Trax, folded after the 2004-2005 season.

"It's something new," says Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert.  "It's something different, but it's also something that's really a lot of fun, action packed.  I think it's going to be great for Macon, for downtown, for all of middle Georgia."

The Kerzners say they considered moving the team from Augusta to several different cities but felt it was a no-brainer to move to Macon after seeing the enthusiasm.

Renovations at the Centreplex are already underway.  All clean-up and upgrades will be paid for using revenue from the penny tax.

The Mayhem will start play in October 2015 in the Southern Professional Hockey League.  Kerzner says they will play exhibition games against in-state rival Columbus in the month leading up to the season.

The Kerzners will pay rent at the Centreplex for five years and keep all ticket money.  Ticket prices have not been set yet, but the owners promise they will be "reasonable."

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