SPRINGFIELD, MA – With the American Hockey League returning to the City Of Springfield, the Springfield Thunderbirds announced this morning that Saturday night’s home opener against the St. John’s Ice Caps is officially sold out. With the capacity crowd of 6,793 at the MassMutual Center, it will be the first sellout for Springfield in a decade.
Team Executive Vice President Nathan Costa said in a press release: “This is an incredible milestone for our new organization. A sellout crowd on opening night is a testament to the city’s excitement and enthusiasm for this team and we can’t wait for people to come down and experience the amazing game night we have planned. It’s going to be a memorable night in Springfield.”
The sellout is great news for the new Springfield franchise, as the Falcons struggled with attendance during their tenure. Last season, Springfield ranked dead last in attendance in the American Hockey League.
The team will hold a tailgate party beginning at 4:00 P.M. on Court Square in Downtown Springfield with live music from Briefcase Full Of Blues and food courtesy of the Student Prince and Nadim’s, which are local restaurants in Springfield. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will drop the ceremonial first puck along with team officials.
The Springfield Thunderbirds will conclude their first three-game road trip tonight when they take on the WB-Scranton Penguins. They will play their inaugural home opener against the St. John’s Ice Caps at the MassMutual Center at 7:05 P.M.