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Columbus Burn hockey team signs lease with Columbus Civic Center

Logo for the proposed Columbus Burn team. (Source: Dave Platta/WTVM) Logo for the proposed Columbus Burn team. (Source: Dave Platta/WTVM)
Fidel Jenkins. (Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM) Fidel Jenkins. (Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The man who is in the process of securing the Southern Professional Hockey League franchise in Columbus has now signed a lease with the Columbus Civic Center.

The minor-league hockey team in Columbus was bought in June by Fidel Jenkins, a real estate broker with business ties in Texas and New York.

Jenkins and the Columbus Burn have signed a five-year lease, which would begin for the 2018-2019 season.

The league franchise for the SPHL is still being finalized. Jenkins tells us that he is getting the final paperwork ready to present his financial status to the league.

According to SPHL President Jim Combs, as soon as the information gets to the league and is analyzed, they'll take that final step and vote on awarding the team to Jenkins and Burn Entertainment.

Combs says things should be finalized no later than September, some 13 months before the team would hit the ice.

We do not yet know the exact details of the lease between Burn Entertainment and the City of Columbus.

The Columbus Burn would replace the Columbus Cottonmouths, who ended operations in June after 21 seasons and was owned by Wanda Amos.

No word yet exactly on whether long-time Cottonmouths franchise figure and head coach Jerome Bechard will have some role on this new team. 

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