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Final Horn Blares For SF Bulls

The final horn has blared for the San Francisco Bulls minor-league hockey team, which announced today it was folding immediately because of financial problems.

The Bulls were in their second year as a minor-league affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, hosting home games at the Cow Palace, a state-owned arena located just south of San Francisco in Daly City.

The team was hoping to find new ownership and talked last week with league officials about its options, but a deal could not be reached to keep the team in operation.

“We had a great opportunity come to us that would’ve kept the Bulls in San Francisco at least through the end of the 2014 season, with potential for future seasons, but we ran out of time to complete all ends of the deal,” Pat Curcio, the team’s president and head coach, said in a statement.

“At this point, the best thing to do financially is to reluctantly end the season. We will miss playing here, miss our fans, and miss this city,” Curcio said.

After reports came out last week about the uncertain fate of the team, Bulls fans sprang into action, creating a petition that had more than 600 signatures from people urging local politicians to get involved.

Other fans created a Facebook page titled “Save the SF Bulls! that was filled today with messages expressing sadness over the loss of the team.

“The Bulls were like a family to me. Cow Palace became my second home,” one person wrote. “I will miss seeing all of you at the games and especially seeing the boys. They were close to my heart and I wish all of them best of luck in the future.”

Curcio said in his statement, “We want to thank all of our fans for your support and loyalty over the last two seasons. It’s been such a memorable time here with you in San Francisco, and we’ve especially appreciated all of your positive feedback over the past week.”

He said, “Bringing hockey to San Francisco was a dream; we have great talent on our team, and had a great vision for what the team could be. Things didn’t pan out the way we had hoped. It’s sad, and disconcerting, but we’re unfortunately left with no other choice at this point.”

Fans who had purchased tickets to upcoming games can request refunds up until Feb. 28 via email only at admin@sfbulls.com.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

Fans Spring Into Action To Try To Keep The SF Bulls In Business And In SF

Fans of the San Francisco Bulls minor-league hockey team sprang into action this week following reports that the team could have to fold or move out of town because of financial problems.

The Bulls, a minor-league affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, play at the Cow Palace, a state-owned arena located just south of San Francisco in Daly City.

Pat Curcio, president, general manager and coach of the team, said today he was unable to comment until next week on the state of the team, which reportedly could fold or possibly move to Oakland or Fresno under new ownership.

Curcio is in Philadelphia today to meet with league officials about the status and future of the team.

“Following these meetings we will have a better understanding of the team’s direction,” San Francisco Bulls officials wrote on the team’s Facebook page. “We ask for your patience as we determine with the league how to move forward.”

The team wrote, “No games have been cancelled and we are scheduled to continue to play as normal at the Cow Palace.”

With the state of the team in turmoil, Bulls fans took to social media to advocate for their squad.

A petition urging San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and state legislators to intervene on behalf of the Bulls had nearly 530 signatures as of this afternoon.

The petition, created by Gary Virginia, president of the San Francisco Pride board of directors, says the Bulls “provide a low-cost, family-friendly entertainment option promoting fitness, sports, community building and civic pride for Bay area residents of all ages.”

The petition asks, “Where are our elected leaders to prevent these benefits from exiting our increasingly expensive city?”

Fans also created a Facebook group titled “Save the SF Bulls!” that has had, at publication time, 138 members discussing solutions to keep the team around.

The description of the group says it was created “to show we support the team and want them to stay.”

The Bulls’ next game is scheduled for Jan. 30 at home against the Stockton Thunder. More information about the team can be found online at www.sfbulls.com.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News