Monday, November 19, 2018 - 5:00 PM

City Signs Mile One Lease Agreement

The City, and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment have signed a lease agreement with the owners of the St. John’s Edge of the National Basketball League of Canada and the Newfoundland Growlers of the East Coast Hockey League.

“For the first time in the history of our city we have both professional basketball and hockey for residents and fans to enjoy at the Mile One Centre,” says Councillor Sandy Hickman, Chair of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment. “We are very pleased to have concluded negotiations as we enter into a formal lease agreement with both teams. Congratulations to all parties involved, and thank you for your hard work in pulling this together for the benefit of our community.”

The Growlers have already kicked off the season with an eight-game winning streak with a total of 36 home games scheduled for this year at the Mile One Centre. 

“We are happy to have concluded our lease, and we look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with the City. We know having both teams in Mile One has great benefits to both the citizens and businesses of St. John’s,” says Dean MacDonald, Co-Owner, Newfoundland Growlers.

The St. John’s Edge have enjoyed enormous success during their 2017-2018 inaugural year. With a strong season behind them as the team powered through the second round of playoffs, this year local fans will enjoy 20 home games in St. John’s, starting the home court opening weekend with a 7 p.m. tip-off Friday, Nov. 23 and more family fun activities at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.

“We are thrilled to be part of the St. John’s community and glad we could work with the City on an agreement today, and potentially other future arrangements and opportunities going forward,” says Irwin D. Simon, Co-Owner, St. John’s Edge. “The Edge basketball team is ready for its second season and will pick up where we left off last year.  We have learned how popular basketball is in Newfoundland and look to enhance the sport across the province among the youth and our fans.  We look forward to working with the management of Mile One to give every fan who comes to a game a great experience and want to thank the City and St. John’s Sports and Entertainment for working with us to make this happen. Go Edge Go!”

For more information about Mile One, and to book tickets for the upcoming season visit the Mile One website. 

Media Contact:
Kelly Maguire
Media Relations
City of St. John's
709-576-8491
kmaguire@stjohns.ca

Noah Anderson
Manager, Communications and Social Media
St. John’s Edge
289- 214-8936
noah@sjedge.ca