PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's a new development in the almost year-long stalemate between the Portland Pirates hockey team and the Cumberland County Civic Center.
NEWS CENTER has learned that the lawsuit filed against the Cumberland County Civic Center has been dropped without predjudice -- that means the suit could be re-filed again in court at any time.
The lawsuit being dropped opens the door for the Pirates and Civic Center to resume negotiations so the team can again play cames in Portland. All of this season's home games have been played at the Androscoggin Bank Colissee in Lewiston.
"We agreed to meet privately in hopes of finding a common-sense approach to resolving our differences," said new Pirates majority owner Ron Cain. "Our goal is to strike a balance between the team's business needs and the Civic Center's financial obligations."
Civic Center board chair Neal Pratt said, "The Trustees' objective has always been to act in the best interests of the taxpayers, and hearing Ron Cain's constructive comments last week about trying to find common ground led us to conclude that sitting down for another meeting was a responsible step. The dismissal of the lawsuit provides the opportunity for us to determine whether both of our objectives can be achieved."
The suit was filed in September after the Civic Center trustees pulled out of negotiations with the team over a new lease.