(Topeka, KS)--Topeka Ice and its plans for a Topeka ice rink may be on thin ice, as a big-time donor has pulled out due to the tough economy. The unnamed donor was going to purchase naming rights for more than $500,000.
Topeka Ice's agreement with the Shawnee County Commission means each entity will pay half of the construction -- equalling $1.5 million each. So Topeka Ice, which quit fundraising after it reached its goal, now needs to raise one third of its total to keep the project alive.
Also hurting matters is the fact that the Topeka Roadrunners hockey team is for sale, and in flux. The team would practice at the facility, which would also be open to the public.
Shawnee County Commissioner Vic Miller said the county would not likely contribute anything beyond its share -- which amounts to $1.5 million.
Topeka Ice President Mike Eichten said he feels like a boxer who has been hit hard, but will keep swinging. He also said it is possible a local Topekan will buy the team if Topeka Ice is built.