Outdoor hockey will come to Frontier Field, home of the Rochester Red Wings (Class AAA; International League), this December with six games over 10 days.
We’ve seen several ballparks host hockey in recent years, including both MiLB and MLB facilities. The model that seems to work best: multiple games tied to an event. That’s the case in Rochester, where six pro, college and high-school games are on the agenda, including an AHL games (the Rochester Americans hosting the Lake Erie Monsters), two college games featuring the RIT men’s and women’s squads, a Buffalo Sabres/Rochester Amerks alumni game, and two high-school matches. It’s all part of the Frozen Frontier event brand.
“This will be an exciting week for the city of Rochester, the state of New York and, of course, the game of hockey,” said Ted Black, president of the Rochester Americans. “With more than 10 teams coming from all corners of the state – and from all levels of the game – to play hockey, this will be a tremendous event to showcase the exceptional hockey teams we have in this region. More importantly, it will be a fun and different way to experience hockey. Whether you’re a player or a fan watching your favorite team, these games will be the games you’ll never forget being a part of.”
“We are looking forward to partnering with the Rochester Area Honda Dealers, Amerks, Sabres, RIT and Rink Specialists to make this once in a lifetime opportunity for our community become a reality,” said Dan Mason, general manager of the Red Wings. “We look forward to announcing some more exciting information surrounding this project in the coming weeks.”
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