Dallas Stars Final Payment Closes Chapter on Duncanville DrPepper StarCenter
In 2009 the Dallas Stars started their withdrawal from Duncanville, and a long process of closing out the contract the Stars organization began.
The reason for the closing was due to a souring relationship with the Stars and a perceived lack of attention to the Duncanville StarCenter. While the other StarCenters in the area would flourish, the organization was showing a huge loss in Duncanville. This was due in part to a lack of promoting the facility by the Stars leading to a decline in usage by the general public and a general decline in attention from the organization, at least in the eyes of city officials.
According to the contract with the Stars, the Duncanville Economic Development Corporation (DEDC or 4B Board) was due payments by the Stars organization should the Stars default on the lease of the building.
The biggest point of contention recently has been the final payment. Duncanville received word that the payment was scheduled to be paid by December 1, 2011, contingent on the sale of the Dallas Stars being approved by the bankruptcy court. On November 18, 2011 the sale was approved and Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi was confirmed as the Stars’ new owner.
In a November 22, 2011 e-mail to Interim City Manager Jeanne Fralicks, Finance Director Richard Summerlin confirmed that a wired payment for $683,000 had been received from the Dallas Stars organization.
This payment will close out the chapter with the Dallas Stars as the City of Duncanville now moves ahead with the Duncanville Fieldhouse.
The Duncanville Fieldhouse is a city-run facility that offers volleyball, basketball, karate, fitness classes and an after school program.