BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Capacity crowds came out to Webster Bank Arena this past weekend, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers distributed over 15,000 tickets to a community still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.
The Sound Tigers
announced last Thursday all tickets to this past weekend’s games
against Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton were free of charge. The
response was immense, as Webster Bank Arena was filled with the two
largest hockey crowds in the building’s history.
“This was a great
weekend for Webster Bank Arena and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. More
importantly, this was a great weekend for our community,” said
Bridgeport Sound Tigers President Howard Saffan. “The atmosphere this
weekend at Webster Bank Arena was tremendous. We hope we provided a
respite to friends and family in our community, and look forward to
seeing you all in the near future.”
players traveled to the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall in Milford and
the Westfield Trumbull Mall on Friday afternoon, and distributed
thousands of tickets to long lines of waiting fans with the help of
DJ’s and staff from radio partners STAR 99.9 and 99.1 PLR. Fans flocked
to the Webster Bank Arena Click It Or Ticket Box Office on Saturday
morning, and the remaining tickets for both Saturday and Sunday’s games
were quickly handed out.
As the Sound
Tigers took the ice on Saturday night, head coach Scott addressed the
record crowd that came to Webster Bank Arena for a night of fun and a
distraction from the past week’s events. Pellerin received a standing
ovation from the Webster Bank Arena faithful and extended heartfelt
sentiments from the organization and front office - “Welcome to our
home…this community has been an inspiration to our team.”
The fans returned
on Sunday afternoon and Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch spoke prior to puck
drop, inspiring the crowd with words of encouragement and thanking all
of the local area firefighters, police officers and public servicemen
and women that have worked tirelessly this past week to return the area
to a sense of normalcy.
assistance of Hearst Media Partners, the response through social media
echoed the sentiments all who came to Webster Bank Arena this weekend.
The outpouring of support from Sound Tigers fans and the community was
embodied by Amber Edmonds, who posted on the Sound Tigers Facebook
page, “Great game! Thank you so much, my children and I had a blast. It
was just the break we needed.”
games, Sound Tigers players personally thanked exiting fans who
attended the weekend’s games. Over the weekend, the Sound Tigers raised
over $3,000 which will be donated to the local American Red Cross
Relief Efforts and the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, as well as thousands
of non-perishable food items that will be delivered to Merton House in
Bridgeport, Sterling House in Stratford and the Connecticut Food Bank.
The Sound Tigers
return to action this Wednesday morning against the Norfolk Admirals at
11:00 a.m for Cool Fun 101, the first of two games this season that
will be geared towards local area school children. For more information
on Sound Tigers partial or full ticket plans, call the Sound Tigers at
(203) 334-GOAL or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.