MOLINE, ILLINOIS (February 6, 2023) — The Quad City Storm and Vibrant Arena have come to terms on an extension to the team’s lease agreement through the 2025-2026 season. The Storm played its inaugural season at Vibrant Arena, formerly the TaxSlayer Center, in 2018 and has since played every home game at the arena and hosted more than 275,000 fans.

“The extension of our lease agreement is incredibly exciting,” said Storm owner John Dawson. “Five years ago my family and I made the decision to do everything we could to keep hockey here. We have made tremendous strides in the last five years and this extension helps solidify our future. To be clear, we would not be here without the support of our Fans, Corporate Partners and the Arena Board.”

“Hockey has a strong tradition here and we are very fortunate to have John, Brian and their entire team as partners to continue the legacy and the impact a pro team provides our Quad Cities community,” said Vibrant Arena Executive Director, Scott Mullen.

The Storm is in the middle of its fourth season in its fifth year since the start of its franchise. After its inaugural season, the team had its second season shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic and was forced to miss the entire 2020-2021 season for the same reason. The team returned for the 2021-2022 season and recorded its first-ever play-off bid, advancing to the SPHL President’s Cup semifinals. This season, the organization is on pace for record attendance and is in the hunt for its second post-season berth.

“We are reminded every day how fortunate we are to call Vibrant Arena our home,” said team president Brian Rothenberger. “This building is one of the premiere venues of its size in the world, and is an outstanding place to watch hockey. We are so thankful to have support from the Quad Cities, the City of Moline, and Mayor Rayapati, and, of course, Scott Mullen and the rest of the outstanding staff here at Vibrant Arena. Without them, we would not be able to bring hockey to the community.”

The Storm returns to the ice this weekend to battle the Evansville Thunderbolts. Saturday is Union Night featuring dollar beers. Fans can get tickets at,, and the Vibrant Arena Box Office.

Support the River Cities' Reader

Get 12 Reader issues mailed monthly for $48/year.

Old School Subscription for Your Support

Get the printed Reader edition mailed to you (or anyone you want) first-class for 12 months for $48.
$24 goes to postage and handling, $24 goes to keeping the doors open!

Click this link to Old School Subscribe now.

Help Keep the Reader Alive and Free Since '93!


"We're the River Cities' Reader, and we've kept the Quad Cities' only independently owned newspaper alive and free since 1993.

So please help the Reader keep going with your one-time, monthly, or annual support. With your financial support the Reader can continue providing uncensored, non-scripted, and independent journalism alongside the Quad Cities' area's most comprehensive cultural coverage." - Todd McGreevy, Publisher