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Could the Mad Ants be leaving Memorial Coliseum

It hasn't been much of a secret that the Mad Ants have not been enamored with all the weekday evening games they've been forced to play the past four seasons at Memorial Coliseum.

So when team president Jeff Potter hears of a new 3,100-seat volleyball/basketball facility that could go up next to the Lutheran Health SportsCenter (once known as Canlan Ice Arena) between North Wells Street and Lima Road, he is ready to listen.

The facility will have four outdoor sand volleyball courts and eight indoor courts, but inside could also be reconfigured for basketball and seat 3,100.

Weary of the Ants playing several of their home games on Tuesday and Thursday nights inside a Coliseum that has more empty seats than filled ones, Potter is willing to see what the new site could provide.

Playing on Fridays and Saturdays inside a small arena with a cheaper rent won't necessarily guarantee success, though.

Not only will the team will have to win (there hasn't been a winning season in four years), it will have to continue to make the game-night experience entertaining for the fans - which it has.

A smaller venue with less amenities than the Coliseum can provide is something that Potter said he will have to weigh once all the options are in place.

If that's the case, then maybe the Mad Ants should throw some money into the arena, such as an overhead scoreboard that can be raised and lowered (remember, the place is for volleyball, too, which needs a high ceiling).

A move could be good for the Ants. But would it be good for the fans?