It’s been talked about for a while now, but it’s official. The Chicago Blackhawks are buying the IceHogs for $11.8 million. The Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Association approved the move with a unanimous vote. Part of the deal is the Blackhawks have agreed to keep the IceHogs in Rockford and on the ice at the BMO for the next 15 years.
The Blackhawks will also be updating the BMO. Clearly something it will need, especially if the IceHogs will be calling it home for the next 15 years. They announced a $23 million dollar plan to “revitalize” the BMO that will be supported by state, local and private partners. More on that below.