|January 22, 2014 - Mike Modugno
Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster
Kalamazoo, MI- Earlier this morning the ECHL in conjunction with the Toledo Walleye have announced the two opponents for the Walleye in their two outdoor Winterfest games.
The Kalamazoo Wings along with the Fort Wayne Komets will be part of the 10-day outdoor Winterfest celebration in downtown Toledo, Ohio from December 26, 2014-January 4, 2015.
"There has been a lot of excitement around the League since we first announced this event last October," said Brian McKenna, ECHL Commissioner. "With the Walleye hosting regional rivals Kalamazoo and Fort Wayne in the first outdoor games in ECHL history, we are expecting a tremendous response from fans and are looking forward to two great nights during the 2014-15 season."
The K-Wings will play the Walleye in the first-ever ECHL outdoor game on Saturday, December 27th. The second game between the Walleye and Komets will occur on Saturday. January 3rd.
“The Kalamazoo-Toledo rivalry dates back to 1974 and we are thrilled to be able to write a new chapter between the teams with this first-ever event,” said Jim Burlew, K-Wings general manager. “Our excitement isn’t geared only to players that will play in the game, but to our fan base that can make the two-hour drive to see history being made.”
Both Winterfest contests will be played at Fifth Third Field, the home of the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. The length of the ice will run across the infield between first and third base.
While the marquee events of Winterfest 2014 are the two ECHL outdoor games, there will also be youth, high school and adult hockey at the outdoor rink. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a Rockefeller Center-like experience during community skates.
In the near future, the K-Wings will unveil how their season-ticket, flexi-plan and mini-plan holders can receive priority rights in purchasing tickets for this once in a lifetime event.
For more information regarding the Walleye host the K-Wings in the first-ever ECHL outdoor game, please contact Mike Modugno, director of public relations and broadcaster at (269) 226-0384.