New owners of the First Arena, Tom Freeman and Nathan Cook held a press conference Wednesday to share their vision for the future. Local business owners, area representatives and regional officials were present during this press conference to share in the good news.

Freeman and Cook will now operate the facility, the team, and restaurant/catering as part of their ownership. The two have big plans to revamp the events held at the facility, including new entertainment and performances. Arena sponsorship packages are also being reviewed as they look for continued local and regional involvement.

"We are excited to move forward with a renewed vision for the First Arena, and see its revitalization as a premiere mainstay in downtown Elmira," stated Freeman. "We intend to bring back the original vision of the facility within this community - adding to the revitalization of downtown Elmira and the growing regional tourism industry."

Currently in the midst of the 2013 Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Elmira Jackals are looking to avenge their loss to the Florida Everblades, ending their 2012 playoff run in the second round. Tickets are still available for the upcoming games being held tonight, and later this week. Season ticket renewals begin this Friday while season tickets are on sale now. More information can be found at or by calling (607) 734-7825.

Opening in 2000, the First Arena has become an entertainment center for the Southern Tier and Twin Tiers regions as well as the home of the Elmira Jackals. The Elmira Jackals compete in the Eastern Conference of the ECHL, which serves as the primary development league for the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL). After playing in the ECHL for the last six years, the Elmira Jackals have established themselves as one of the most competitive teams in the league.