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Power close to securing future at Consol Energy Center

| Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:21 p.m.

The Power are close to adding three years to their lease at Consol Energy Center, paving the way for the team to remain in the Arena Football League through the 2016 season.

Power owner Matt Shaner said his team's contract with the Penguins calls for a three-year renewal if average attendance remains above 6,000. The Power, with three home games remaining this season, have averaged 6,825 since they joined the AFL in 2011.

“If it stays above 6,000, it's not a question,” Shaner said.

Shaner said he plans to meet with Penguins officials at the end of their playoff run to finalize details of the extension.

Attendance at Power games has fallen from an average of 9,197 in their first season to 5,760 this year. The team has lost 19 of its past 27 games.

The Power (3-6) enter the second half of this season holding the final playoff berth from the American Conference.

Shaner said he understands his team must become consistently competitive to gain more fans.

“Of course, I wish the attendance was higher,” he said. “People in Pittsburgh want their sports teams to do well if they are going to spend their time and money to see the team play.”

Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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