Four years ago the Syracuse Crunch made history as they staged the first outdoor game in the history of the American Hockey League and in the process set the highest ever attendance for an AHL game.
They’ll be breaking new ground in the 2014/15 season as they’ll be hosting the first ever professional hockey game to be played inside the Carrier Dome.
The Carrier Dome host’s Syracuse University basketball, football and lacrosse teams and is located on campus. Opened in 1980, the Dome can seat up to 49,262 patrons for big concerts, although for the basketball games the capacity is just under 36,00 which will likely be closer to the expected total of tickets available for the Frozen Dome Classic.
On November 22, Syracuse Crunch will be taking on newest and nearest neighbours the Utica Comets, who are just an hour’s drive east of Syracuse. Despite being close neighbours, due to the way the AHL is set-up right now the teams are in different conference’s at the time of writing. They met four times last season, with the series split and three games had to be decided in overtime.
In what will be a day long event, there will also be other games played including an NCAA Division III match up between the Utica College Pioneers and Oswego State Lakers, and a Syracuse vs. Utica law enforcement charity game.
Syracuse faced Hershey last season in a game played at the Verizon Center (home of Washington Capitals) and with the best supported team in the AHL in opposition the building was almost filled to it’s capacity.
It’ll therefore be interesting to see how well this event sells with the newly formed Utica in opposition this time around.
Tickets have been kept at very reasonable rates and will range in price from $20 to $50, going on sale to the general public at 10:00 a.m. on June 24.