SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Falcons had a franchise record 11 straight before Wednesday nights loss to the Syracuse Crunch, 2-0. They were hoping to extend the streak to 12 straight.
The Falcons have the best overall record in the American Hockey League right now. They have had stronger playing in the last few years, but even with the winning streak they were on, the number of fans in the arena hasn’t jumped up too much.
22News spoke with Springfield Flacon’s President Sarah Pompea, who said that the franchise is still hopeful that the crowds will grow soon. “Attendance certainly has to improve. The players are certainly doing well on the ice. We’re on the cusp of a 12th game winning streak. We’re doing everything in our power to prove to western mass that this is the entertainment capital of the region.”
Pompea says the franchise tries to bring in more fans by offering unique experiences, such as the chance to win some ice time in the rink before a home game.
Angelina Hubbard, a loyal fan of over 15 years, told 22News she has seen the fan base grow steadily, but most of the crowd comes from veteran fans.
“I see a lot of people who came here when I was younger, so there’s still a lot of die-hards. I do see some new faces around and it’s really great that a lot of people from surrounding cities have come in,” says Hubbard.
The Falcons are currently 2-2 against the Crunch this season with Wednesday’s loss. The puck dropped at 7:00 p.m.