Centre Management and the Blast reached agreement yesterday on the need for a new carpet at the Baltimore Arena.
"We're in agreement that the playing surface is not up to snuff, despite major expenditures by Centre Management to improve the carpet," said Blast general manager John Borozzi. "We've agreed that anything short of a new carpet is not acceptable and that to try to improve the carpet that's there would simply be throwing good money after bad."
Borozzi said meetings with Arena manager Donna Patterson were positive and cooperative, and that they would continue today, as the two sides determine the percentage of cost each side will bear. A new carpet is expected to cost about $80,000.