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Some good news from the Tri-City Water Follies: Happy to report that all loans and debts have been paid off and they are back to solid financial footing. With Lamb Weston as a title sponsor again for 2008, things look good for the future.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Now all they need to do is bring back the unlimited lights!

Thom said...

Re - lights at Tri-Cities. Stand by for an announcement any day now...

Anonymous said...

I hope that they get smart and bring the lights back. Last year all the fans were complaining about not enough boat racing and too much dead time. Plus there wasnt any loud noise, just hair dryers.

Atomic said...

I think the thunder may be back for 2008.

Anonymous said...

Bringing back the lights would be a financial mistake for an organization that's just getting back on its feet. I’m sure someone will say that they’ve sold a sponsorship for the lights so they make money or are revenue neutral but that’s BS. The same sponsorship could be sold without tying it to the lights. The lights are a minor league product (not that there is anything wrong with that) but they can’t be seen by half or more of the paying spectators at the Tri-Cities. Which means half or more of the paying fans don’t get what they paid for. The bottom line is this; no one buys a ticket to the Atomic Cup (grow some stones and call it what it always should have been) just to see the lights. The Water Follies need to work with the ABRA to tighten up the schedule and minimize the down time between heats. The racing should start at noon and the final heat should go off at 3:30pm come hell or high water. I know how tempting it is to want to be all things to all people but to succeed you have stick to what you do well and keep finding ways to make it better. The lights in Richland in May are right where they belong.

Anonymous said...

I totally disagree that bringing in the ULs would be a financial or any other kind of mistake. The ULHRA generally develops its own sponsorship arrangements and is an inexpensive addition that is a great entertainment value Anyone who would call the ULs a minor league product is not very in touch with the sport. It was ULHRA that stepped in to run several events to help save the U boats butts only a few years ago when their sanctioning was in turmoil. The ULs don't present themselves as the headliner at this event, just a worthwhile support show. The real bottom line is that the ABRA guys need adequate time between heats to put their best product on the water and the Lights fill that time with well organized additional entertainment. They also allow the fans to see future Unlimited drivers as they develop and allow those drivers to gain experience in places that they might be racing in the future. I say Bring 'em on!

Atomic said...

amen to that!!!

also show me ONE motorsport event that doesnt have a support group. they all need it to develop future stars while entertaining the fans!