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Oklahoman Published: April 12, 2009
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Blazers headed back to Cox Center?
The Oklahoma City Blazers have a long history at the Cox Convention Center, formerly known as The Myriad.

Is it possible the Blazers might move back across the street from the Ford Center?

The Blazers and the city have been working on trying to get a new lease for the Central Hockey League team for almost the entire 2009-2010 season. Nothing has been resolved.

The Blazers paid the city between $8,000 and $12,000 for every home game and more than $2,000 on staffing fees. All Blazers’ home games this season were played at the Ford Center.

Though there weren’t too many scheduling conflicts with the Blazers and the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, the Blazers did lose a few prime Friday night dates as well as the guaranteed money-maker date of Dec. 31. That home date with Colorado was switched to Dec. 30 and drew 5,800 fans — 700 less than the Blazers’ season average.

Sources say a plumbing issue is being repaired at the Cox Center, which would allow it to host hockey games again. That has led to speculation the team might be return to the Cox Center, where Oklahoma City won two CHL championships.

Oklahoma City hosted three playoff games this season against the Mississippi RiverKings — and none were weekend dates.

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO