Ron Swanson wrote:So what exactly does this mean for the Herd? Is the team just gonna buy the arena or are they gonna move them somewhere else in state?
So, Billionaires with a "b" could come in and write a check to buy the arena, by paying off the creditors. But likely they won't. Additionally, the Oshkosh arena owners who developed the project, Fox Valley Basketball Pro Basketball, Inc, might like to hang onto ownership and hope they can get their finances in order over the next year.
The Herd will likely play in the building this year, business as usual. What the bankruptcy filing does however, is stop all the creditors from seizing the building and taking control. The general contractor on the project, Bayland Buildings, is still owed $13mm on the project.
It is rare for a general contractor to finish a project of this size, and take a note back from the owner. But evidently Bayland was going on promises from the arena operators that they'd get bank financing at some point, from somebody.
The project cost $21.5 million, so there are other creditors who loaned the arena owners money that are likely behind Bayland in priority. Additionally the City of Oshkosh pledged payments to the arena over a period of years to cover some costs ($5.5mm). Oshkosh hasn't made those payments, because of these issues.
The whole thing is a civic mess, and going to cause a real black eye up there.