Fort Worth is looking to move talks with the Dallas Stars along, assigning staff to contact the hockey team to see where it wants to go next.
Stars president Jim Lites said during a panel discussion earlier this week that the Stars were interested in holding their training camp in Fort Worth. That followed a secret meeting a few months ago between Lites and Mayor Betsy Price and members of their staffs.
There haven't been any substantive conversations between the Stars and the city since then, and the city is getting ready to reach out to the team, said Kirk Slaughter, Fort Worth's public events director, whose staff oversees the downtown convention center (11,200 seating).
The city has identified dates in mid-September that might fit the Stars' training camp schedule, Slaughter said.
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Based on the lunch conversation, the Stars are interested in the training camp scenario and possibly "playing a game or two in Fort Worth," Slaughter said.
After the NHL lockout ended, Lites vowed to do everything he could to win back the trust of the fans and build the fan base.
He said, "It's a tough go and we can't take anything for granted."