Here to stay- Syracuse Crunch extends lease agreement with Onondaga County

Syracuse, NY â?? The Syracuse Crunch, in partnership with Onondaga County and SMG, announced today that they have reached a long-term agreement on a lease extension that will ensure the Crunch continue to play home games at the War Memorial Arena through 2024.

The agreement, which extends the current lease for an additional five years (running through the 2023-2024 season), was finalized earlier this week by Crunch Owner Howard Dolgon and County Executive Joanie Mahoney. As per club policy terms of the extension were not disclosed.

"We have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the County and eagerly extend our long term lease agreement,â?? said Dolgon. Syracuse Crunch hockey will be played in Onondaga County for many years to come"

â??The Syracuse Crunch are very important to Onondaga County and this lease extension is great news for us" said Mahoney. "We will enjoy the energy and excitement Howard Dolgon and hockey bring to our region for years to come.â??

The Crunch have called the War Memorial Arena home since the clubâ??s inaugural 1994-95 season. The Crunch are heading into their 19th season, tied for the sixth-longest current tenure in the AHL. Additionally, the Crunch are led by the longest-serving current independent ownership in the league.

The Crunch will hold their 2012-13 home opener on Oct. 13. Tickets for the Crunch's 2012-13 campaign are on sale now and can be purchased either in person at the Crunch Box Office located at the War Memorial on 800 South State Street in Syracuse, or by calling the office at (315) 473- 4444. For all the latest Crunch information and updates, fans can visit the team's official website at ( or follow the club on Facebook at ( and on Twitter (@SyracuseCrunch).

Courtesy: Syracuse Crunch