With the season opener days away on September 8, 2018 at the Frank Crane Arena, the Nanaimo Clippers are settling in for the long haul in Nanaimo. Leading up to the purchase of the Clippers by Wes Mussio in October of last year, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the team would remain in Nanaimo. Mr. Mussio made it clear he had no intentions to move the team out of the City.
Those promises are solidified as the City of Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Clippers inked a long term rental deal so that the Clippers will be playing out of the Frank Crane Arena for years to come.
As a commitment to the City, Mr. Mussio has spent substantial funds over the summer in upgrading the Frank Crane Arena. If you haven’t been in the arena to see the renovations recently, you’ll notice that the Clipper office got a complete reboot. The upstairs beer garden looks impressive. The home dressing room is receiving an extensive renovation as we speak heading into the Clippers’ home opener.
Mr. Mussio remarked, “I’m very pleased with the City of Nanaimo and their desire to work with the Clippers to ensure that we have an excellent long-term relationship. As I promised when I took over the team ownership, the Clippers will be a part of the City for many years to come. It only made sense financially to invest a substantial amount of my own money into the Frank Crane Arena to improve the fan experience and move the Clippers towards one of the top programs in the BC Hockey League.”
When asked about future renovations in the Frank Crane Arena, Mr. Mussio commented, “if all goes well, we have plans to reinvest several hundred thousand dollars worth of renovations in the arena to add many amenities to improve the fan experience.”
With the summer winding down, and everyone heading back to school and work, it’s time to come out to watch a Clippers game at the Frank Crane Arena. You will be pleasantly surprised as to the facelift the team and the facility has received.