Marlies Outdoor Game
August 30, 2011
Marlies to Play in Their Franchises’ First Outdoor Game in Hamilton during 2011-12 Season
The Toronto Marlies will travel to Hamilton’s Ivor Wynne Stadium to play the Bulldogs outdoors on Saturday, January 21 at 1:00 p.m. This will mark the first time in AHL history that a Canadian team has held an outdoor game.
“This will be a week-long celebration of hockey, with an NHL and AHL alumni game, local minor hockey games, culminating with a battle between the Bulldogs and the Marlies on January 21st. It is our chance to showcase what a great hockey community Hamilton is,” said Michael Andlauer, Hamilton Bulldogs Owner and Chairman.
The outdoor contest will be in the middle the Marlies second longest road trip of the season, which begins on January 10 in St. John’s. Toronto plays the Bulldogs in Hamilton three times during the seven game swing, including the outdoor game on the 21st.
The Bulldogs will be attempting to break the AHL attendance record, which is 21,508 set at the AHL’s Outdoor Classic in Syracuse on February 20 at the New York State Fairgrounds. Ivor Wynne Stadium, home of the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, has a maximum capacity of 29,600. Last season the Providence Bruins defeated the Connecticut Whale 5-4 in a shootout in the AHL’s Outdoor Classic game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford in front of 15,234 fans.
“Hockey fans in Southern Ontario are in for a terrific experience as the American Hockey League goes outdoors for the first time in Canada,” said AHL President and CEO David Andrews. “Historic Ivor Wynne Stadium has been the site of many great Hamilton-Toronto games in the CFL, and now the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies will bring their intense pro hockey rivalry to what could be an all-time record AHL crowd.”
Tickets will go on sale for the outdoor game to the public on Tuesday, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. Further ticket information will be announced at a later date.