Business Enthusiasm For Arena Builds

By Matt Griswold
Bradenton Herald Staff Writer

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. – Larry Kish didn’t mince words while explaining what the company’s $70 million investment in the community will mean to area businesses.

“We’ll do nothing but help grow your business,” Kish, senior vice president of DVA Sports, said to 60 members of the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.

Many members of the group didn’t need a sales pitch. A good portion already has secured season tickets for the newly named Gulf Coast Swords 2005-06 hockey season, and Kish actually took a couple ticket requests during his presentation.

Already, DVA Sports has exceeded $1 million in ticket sales without solicitation, he said.

DVA Sports has made the financing for luxury suites, club seats and season tickets a customer-friendly process.

Hockey fans purchasing season-ticket packages have between Jan. 1 and Sept. 1 to pay for their seats. There is no interest and no minimum monthly payment, and no deposit is required, Kish said.

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