A lawyer for the Portland Pirates says the minor league hockey team has filed a civil suit against its landlord, the Cumberland County Civic Center, in a dispute over a five-year lease agreement.
The Pirates are asking the Cumberland County Superior Court to force the Civic Center to live up to an agreement it claims was reached back in April.
Attorney Harold Friedman says the PIrates had what is, in effect, a legal agreement with Civic Center Board of Trustees that covered the terms of the lease, including how concession and advertising revenue would be shared. But Friedman says the Civic Center backed out.
"They have an average of over 4,000 people attending the games, 4,000 people coming to the Civic Center, 4,000 people who are going to buy gas, go to restaurants, go to bars, shop, who are going to energize the city," Friedman says.
The suit, filed in Cumberland County Superior Court, also seeks a preliminary injunction to stop the Civic Center from giving away the team's game dates for next season.
The Civic Center did not have an immediate comment.
This story was reported and written by Keith Shortall.