The Utica Comets drop the puck tonight on their inaugural season in the AHL. Brad Vivacqua joined us from outside the "Aud" with more on the historic night ahead.
UTICA, N.Y. -- The wait is over for fans in the Mohawk Valley as the American Hockey League will return to the city tonight for the first time in 20 years.
The Utica Comets, the league's newest team, are set to play their home opener against the Albany Devils at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Tickets for tonight are sold out, but tickets for 37 other Comet home games are still on sale.
The Auditorium received extensive renovations and it's now ready to accommodate up to 4,000 fans. Area businesses are also excited as they look forward to some added revenue from fans before and after games.
There are a number of events planned as part of tonight's festivities:
- A 4 p.m. Fan Fest featuring hockey legend Gordie Howe
- A watch party that begins at 6:45 on Whitesboro Street
- At 4 p.m. Mayor Palmieri will declare "Utica Comets Day"
- Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.
The Comets will face the Syracuse Crunch for the first time on Friday.