MOLINE, IL – When the 2017-18 ECHL season opens up on October 13, the Quad City Mallards will be playing at the TaxSlayer Center. No, the Mallards aren’t moving to a different arena, the civic center has a new name. It was announced on Thursday afternoon the online and professional tax and financial services technology company acquired the rights to the name of the venue. The contract signed between the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority and TaxSlayer is for ten years and a value of over $3.3 million.
Chief Marketing Officer of TaxSlayer, Chris Moloney, as well as Civic Authority Chairman Don Welvaert, were at the press conference at the civic center Thursday to announce the name change.
“TaxSlayer has experienced rapid growth in the Midwest, and we’re thrilled to expand our presence there through this strategic partnership,” said Moloney according to the Quad City Times’ article publicizing the change.
The name will become official on October 1st, just 12 days before the opening of the Mallards’ fourth season in the ECHL and 22nd year in existence. The Mallards have occupied the same building for their entire tenure, seeing the name change from The MARK of the Quad Cities to the iWireless Center in July 2007, and now to the TaxSlayer Center. The contract with iWireless was also ten years and had recently been extended for two additional years.
“We are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with TaxSlayer. This new partnership is great for our community and will help us maintain our standing as one of the top mid-size arenas in the country,” Welvaert said.
The soon-to-be TaxSlayer Center seats 12,000 people, and is a multi-use venue as well as conference center. The Mallards are not the only occupants of the arena, as the Quad City Steamwheelers, a Champions Indoor Football team, will start their season this coming March.