Mayhem moved in, renovations continue at Centreplex

Mayhem moved in, renovations continue at Centreplex

The Macon Mayhem is close to finalizing its season ticket packages, according to team president Mark Richards.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Middle Georgia's newest hockey team, the Macon Mayhem, is close to finalizing its season ticket packages, according to team president Mark Richards.

Fans can expect season tickets to go on sale within the next few months.

Richards tells 41NBC the team's move-in process at the Centreplex, which included bringing hockey equipment down from Augusta and converting unused spaces into team offices, is complete.

"We're moving forward," he says.  "We're looking forward to it, and we're ready to go with it."

Despite the excitement, Richards says it will be a while until fans can show off their Mayhem gear.

"Some of those things, the production times with new logos and new designs, we're looking six to eight weeks from the time that we do order," Richards says.  "Which we haven't yet. We're going to have to be a little patient with some of that stuff.  Hopefully we'll be able to get some small novelty items in within the next month or so."

The Mayhem doesn't hit the ice until the fall of 2015, so hiring a head coach isn't one of the team's top priorities.  Richards says the roster won't be assembled until that person is in place.

The team is still accepting applications for several positions, mostly in sales.  Richards says those interested should send an e-mail mrichards@maconmayhem.com.  Once the staff is complete, the first goal is to reach out to potential sponsors and ticket holders in the area.

"I think we've found a great community to come to," Richards says.  "We're very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead of us."

Renovations Continue

"We're well on our way to spending the $5,000,000 that was allotted to both this building and the Macon City Auditorium," Mark Butcher, general manager of the Macon Marriott City Center says.  "As far as this building goes, part of that is going to be regular maintenance of our polar floor so we can continue to have ice and won't have any problems with ice manufacturing."

New seats were installed in the Centreplex three months ago.  Butcher says the seats are wider and will be more comfortable.

Fans will also notice upgrades on the concourse when visiting the concession stands.

"We've polished the concrete and acid etched the concrete with color," Butcher says.  "We've done a great deal of painting surfaces and making sure that it looks and feels new enough."

The home and away locker rooms are now empty for the most part, waiting on fresh coats of paint and new carpet.  Those areas had been used as storage since the Macon Trax folded in the early 2000s.

All renovations are funded using penny tax revenue.


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