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Revived Alabama-Huntsville program to get less than half of needed funds from university

According to a story in Wednesday’s Huntsville Times, Alabama-Huntsville will provide less than half of the necessary financing to keep the Chargers on the ice next season.

That begs the question of where the rest of the cash will come from.

UAH president Robert Altenkirch said in the story that the difference will have to come “from a combination of ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, advertising, fundraising, you name it.”

Altenkirch explained that a common model in NCAA hockey is for schools to provide about 50 percent of the budget.

“Is it doable? It is, but you’re going to have to have community support for it,” he said in the article. “By community support, I mean from the city and the corporate sector and from individuals and people buying tickets.

“Is it doable? It’s doable. Is it a challenge? It’s a challenge. We’re working on that.”


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  • blueline892910

    Sounds like trouble to me…band-aid solution,they never work…chances are sadly tis program will be a goner…No Conference ties…will never make it as a Independent.

    • Paul – Charger ’86-90

      Once again, negative spin on things. It is my understanding that there is $650,000 committed from the school. Ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, individual fundraising are on top of that. My understanding is that the $650,000 is a committment from the school and is then not offset or recouped thru the items noted above. Not unrealistic for the program to raise another $300,000-$400,000 thru those means.
      Also, stating that the school is funding “less than half” may be a bit misleading. For that figure to be less than half, the hockey budget has to be over $1,300,000. Everyone keeps wanting to site the 1 or 2 highest NCAA Div.I budgets to get a figure for UAH. Lots of Div.I schools work off budgets of less than that. From my perspective, this is good news!