Los Angeles real-estate developer Gil Peled has purchased majority ownership of the Des Moines Buccaneers. Peled, along with Des Moines Businessman Shawn Edwards who kept his interest in the team, will now look to make improvements to Buccaneers Arena (95KGGO Arena) in time for the 2009-2010 season.
Edwards, who has been a part of a group of individuals with interest in the Buccaneers since 2004, will continue to be the managing partner of the organization, but with new goals. Edwards says the sale of the team will allow him to have "more involvement in the future of the team and the arena." Edwards will now focus on what he has wanted to do for quite some time; making major upgrades to the arena and developing it into a multi-purpose facility. "I'm excited about what this will mean for the city of Urbandale, central Iowa, and Bucs fans." Edwards said, "A 4,500 seat multi-purpose facility here in Urbandale will certainly open the door for more quality events, more revenue being brought into the community, and a home for Buccaneers fans that they deserve".
Edwards went on to say that "Gil's attraction to the team was actually more of an attraction to the building and its potential, and his enthusiasm and devotion to the sport." A former pro soccer player himself, Peled has always had a passion for sports - hockey in particular - with his son currently playing in the North American Hockey League. Peled's success in real-estate, however, should give the community the most excitement.
One thing that Edwards and Peled agree on, however, is not to change the character of the arena which hockey fans have loved for nearly 50 years. Peled said there are some similarities between this arena and other older buildings such as Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and the old Boston Garden, saying "when you walk into those places and here (95KGGO Arena) you can feel history; and I don't want to lose that."
The sale of the team has been more than a year in the making with many plans already on the drawing board. Plans which are being considered include a new entrance, luxury sky-boxes, a new sound system, new locker rooms and restrooms, and a larger renovated Blackbeard's Lounge with a full-service sports bar. A start date for the construction has not yet been announced.
With this sale, I'll put a guarantee here that Ami Peled, Gil's son, will be a Buccaneer next season.
I like the part about new restrooms. DM has to have some of the worst bathrooms in the league.