The Rochester Amerks, the Rochester Red Wings and Rochester Institute of Technology have announced that Frontier Field, home of the Red Wings, will host an outdoor hockey festival this winter, from December 13th through 22nd, 2013. Kicking off the festival will be an outdoor regular season American Hockey League game with the Amerks serving as the home squad (opponent to be announced at a later date).
The 10-day festival will also include an RIT hockey double-header featuring the men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams, a number of Section V High School games and a Sabres v. Amerks Alumni game. Ice time will also be made available to the public for corporate events, private parties and youth/adult hockey practices and games.
“We are extremely excited to work with our community partners in bringing outdoor hockey to Rochester,” said Rochester Americans/Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black on the Amerks’ website. “While the chance to play an outdoor game will be an exciting opportunity for our players and coaches, the event as a whole will allow the entire community to share in a special experience.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to be part of this wonderful community event,” said RIT Executive Director of Athletics Lou Spiotti. “I speak for all of our coaches and student-athletes when I say that RIT is proud to provide quality collegiate hockey to our fans, alumni and the Rochester community. We are honored to be asked to participate and to have league partner Niagara University and Liberty League partner, Clarkson University join us for this event. We will work very hard to make this a memorable experience for all.”
“Monroe County is delighted to host this week filled with winter fun and great hockey at a truly unique location, Frontier Field,” said County Executive Maggie Brooks. “I applaud the Rochester Americans and Rochester Red Wings for coordinating what will be a memorable week not just for hockey fans.”
The outdoor rink will be constructed at Frontier Field by Rink Specialists, a global ice skating rink sales, installation and repair company that provides ongoing operational efficiency and consulting services.
Ticket information will be made available at a later date – get up-to-date information on the event at www.amerks.com.
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