SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — The Springfield Falcons are celebrating their 20th anniversary in Springfield with success. The team has had exhilarating nights and disappointing nights when it comes to fans- so far averaging about 3,600 fans per game this season. Those in attendance have had plenty to cheer about.
“A good local team to watch. We’ve watched them since we were younger. Since I was 10 years old I was coming to falcons games and I haven’t been back until now so take advantage of good times,” one fan from Enfield said.
The Birds are 25-5-4 so far this season. They are first in the league, and two players were newly named American Hockey League all stars. Last weekend, the team packed nearly 6,000 fans into the MassMutual Center. Still, one question still eats at President and General Manager Bruce Landon.
“What’s it going to take for us to get to that 4,000 or 4,500 (fans) on a regular basis? Not just once and a while when we have a special promotion or large groups,” Landon said.
It’s an age old question. For years, the answer was a winning team. That is officially here, though. Some others say cheaper tickets are needed. Landon, however, says with promotions and deals, they are as affordable as possible. Friday night, as the team battled the Albany Devils, we asked what fans in attendance are seeing that others are missing?
“It’s just a family atmosphere,” Tom Brand of Easthampton said. “I’ve been coming since I was a kid.”
“They are a winning team. Good entertainment,” Dennis Hennessy of Holyoke said. “Give you something to do on a Friday night.”
While the team has been blowing away competition on the ice. Season ticket holders say the team does even better when this place is packed.
“Lot of noise. Fans really get the team going when they start yelling. I think that’s a big part of the drive,” Hennessy said.
A drive that’s led to rapid fire wins and a team Landon says deserves the support of western Massachusetts.
“The team is doing their part by having a heck of year on the ice. So sooner or later, we have to get people to respond,” Landon said.
The team is also using creative and unique promotions to improve the fan experience.
Here are just a few:
1/18-Thunderstick giveaway by MGM Springfield
1/20- Lucy Hale, famous country singer, post game concert
1/25-Wally The Green Monster appearance
2/7- Patriots player Jerod Mayo appearance
2/23-Bruins player and Stanley Cup Champion Gregory Campbell appearance
For tickets and more information, visit www.falconsahl.com