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.”