Lak­ers ask for their ban­ners to fly higher

Pe­tes put theirs on a wall af­ter the PMC or­dered trib­utes moved

The Peterborough Examiner - - SPORTS - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Ban­ners may yet hang from the Memo­rial Cen­tre rafters, just not where they were be­fore.

While the PMC was un­der­go­ing floor ren­o­va­tions in the sum­mer, PMC man­ager Jeremy Giles in­formed the Pe­tes and Lak­ers they would no longer be able to hang their ban­ners from the low beams in the rafters above the play­ing sur­face. Giles said the city was ac­cept­ing a con­sul­tant’s rec­om­men­da­tion to move the ban­ners to im­prove light­ing, sound and sight lines.

While the Pe­tes opted to put their ban­ners on the east side bulk­head above the vis­i­tor’s bench, the Lak­ers were in the mid­dle of their play­offs and didn’t see it as a pri­or­ity to de­cide on what to do.

Lak­ers chair Len Pow­ers met with Giles last week to dis­cuss op­tions.

Among the ideas dis­cussed was putting some ban­ners on higher beams in the ceil­ing or potentiall­y putting championsh­ip ban­ners on the west bulk­head and eight ban­ners hon­our­ing in­di­vid­u­als in the rafters. Also dis­cussed was mov­ing in­di­vid­ual ban­ners into the front lobby.

Pow­ers said arena staff will ex­plore whether us­ing the higher beams is pos­si­ble with­out im­pact­ing sprin­klers and other au­to­mated sys­tems in the rafters.

“The ban­ners in the rafters is not a closed sub­ject right now,” said Pow­ers.

“Whether or not it’s go­ing to hap­pen I can’t say ei­ther. We might even hang some ban­ners in the rafters and see what they look like in this new en­vi­ron­ment and whether we take them higher into the rafters. They’re go­ing to have the fire depart­ment come in to in­spect be­cause there are sprin­klers in the ceil­ing. We’re re­ally in the in­fancy of this.

“We talked over some dif­fer­ent ideas and Jeremy is go­ing back to city hall to talk to them about the ideas we’ve come up with and see where it goes from there,” said Pow­ers. “With De­cem­ber be­ing busy for ev­ery­body, we are go­ing to meet again in Jan­uary.”

Giles said he never told ei­ther team there was only one op­tion.

“The orig­i­nal ask was to have a con­ver­sa­tion,” said Giles. “There was never the im­pli­ca­tion of this is what we want to do with them. It was this is what we can no longer do with them. What should we do?”

Giles said it’s not clear yet if us­ing higher beams in the rafters is pos­si­ble.

“That has nei­ther been con­firmed or de­nied,” said Giles. “We’ve had ini­tial con­ver­sa­tions with ideas from both sides and we’re cur­rently ex­plor­ing the po­ten­tial of some of those ideas.”

There is a strong fac­tion in the lacrosse com­mu­nity which wants to keep the ban­ners in the rafters, said Pow­ers.

“It is a big, big change to take those out of the rafters with our her­itage and pas­sion for the game,” he said, “but, It is a city build­ing, too. At least they are will­ing to sit down and talk to us which is a good thing.”

The lower beam is 45 feet above the floor and the sec­ond set of beams at 55 feet. The ban­ners are 10 feet in length on av­er­age.

Like the Pe­tes, Pow­ers said the ju­nior and se­nior Lak­ers are con­sid­er­ing mak­ing new ban­ners.

Giles said it will come down to what the Lak­ers want to do within pa­ram­e­ters the arena can ac­com­mo­date.

“We’re try­ing to find the so­lu­tion which makes ev­ery­body the hap­pi­est,” said Giles.

“I think we’ll come up with a so­lu­tion that pleases ev­ery­body,” said Pow­ers. “At least that’s what we’re shoot­ing for.”

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

The Peter­bor­ough Cen­tury 21 Lak­ers wave to fans as the 2018 Mann Cup ban­ner at their home opener at the Memo­rial Cen­tre on May 30.

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