The Erie County Convention Center Authority and Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters jointly announced today that both parties have agreed to and signed a ten-year lease extension that will keep the Erie Otters in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The agreement sees that the Erie Otters continue to play its seasons in the Authority’s Erie Insurance Arena for an additional ten years, commencing with the 2019-2020 OHL Season.
“All of us in the Otters organization are pleased and excited to have our new ten-year lease signed with the ECCCA,” Erie Otters Owner and Governor Jim Waters said. “The Otters are very fortunate to call this fantastic facility home. I’m ecstatic to join our many fans and community partners in Erie in continuing Otters success for years to come.”
“We’re thrilled to retain this important business in Western Pennsylvania,” said John “Casey” Wells, Erie Events Executive Director. “Not only does our hockey team provide great entertainment, it generates a positive economic impact, creates jobs, and improves the quality of life in our community.”
Coinciding with the lease agreement is the addition of a dedicated Erie Otters retail location and new team office space inside the Erie Insurance Arena in the near future. The Erie Otters have been the primary tenant of the ECCCA-managed Erie Insurance Arena since 1996, when it was formerly known as the Tullio Arena.
The Erie County Convention Center Authority (ECCCA) operates four unique venues in the heart of downtown Erie – Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, UPMC Park and the Bayfront Convention Center. The Erie Insurance Arena is home to the OHL Erie Otters and the NBA G-League Erie BayHawks. UPMC Park is home to the Erie SeaWolves, Double A Detroit Tigers.