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The Force Is Not With Fayetteville; Team Will Not Return Next Season

Posted July 4, 2001 7:16 a.m. EDT

— The Force has left the building.

The Fayetteville Force will not return to the

Crown Coliseum

for next year's hockey season. The team's parent company, Cherokee Partners, turned in its lease with the Coliseum.

A search is underway to bring a new team to Fayetteville. Coliseum leaders are negotiating a possible deal with the Roanoke Express of the East Coast Hockey League.

However, season ticket holders want to know what will happen to their money. Dennis and Jackie Williams have been season ticket holders for the past three years. In May, they spent more than $1,200 on next year's season tickets.

The Williams are two of more than 300 people in the county who have pre-paid hockey tickets.

"Whether it's the Force or we've heard of the Roanoke Express, as long as there is hockey to go to, that will be fine," Dennis says.

On Thursday, the Cumberland County Civic Center Commission will meet to discuss the team's lease agreement. They will will also figure out what will happen to season ticket holders and advertisers.