Sheffield agrees new 7-year deal for Utilita Arena

Elite League chairman Tony Smith has suggested the league may not take a CHL place, but admits it's too early to make that decision (PHOTO: Sheffield Steelers)

Sheffield Steelers and the Sheffield City Trust have announced an extension to their current partnership keeping the Steelers at the Utilita Arena.

The Steelers HQ will remain the same following the new deal struck between both parties.

This keeps the side based there until at least the 2029-2030 Elite League season.

The deal marks the sides’ 30th anniversary as a club and keeps them secure for another few years to come.

Tony Smith: “Security’s everything these days.”

Steelers’ Chairman Tony Smith said to BBC Sheffield of the new deal: “Security’s everything these days and we needed that security in place so we could forward plan our plans we have for ourselves.

“We’ve got things we want to do, the fanbase are really buying into everything we’re doing right now, and we’re really pleased about that.”

With the knowledge that his side will remain in place at the Utilita Arena Smith plans to expand further, saying: “The ice plant’s being done, so that’s a tick the arena club is now being used on a more frequent basis by the Steelers for hospitality, for sponsors and any events we want to hold there.

“We’re starting to buy in together; the arena and ourselves to how we can make the best use of the facilities,

He continued: “we understand there’s going to be improvements to the suites and there’s going to be improvements to the concourse areas going forwards as well.

Focus returns to on-ice action

With the guarantee of a stadium now secured the Steelers can turn their attention back to on-ice action.

Big games against Belfast Giants and rivals Nottingham Panthers have left the side in second place four points off first.

They do have a game in hand on top spot Giants and will face them three more times before the end of the season.

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