Springfield Thunderbirds return to the nest

This game could be a test in many ways

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Thunderbirds will host their first home game Saturday night, at the MassMutual Center.

This will be the first time the team’s fan base will be put to the test. 

The Springfield Falcons struggled to draw fans to their games over the years. They had the lowest attendance in the AHL last season.

Thunderbirds Executive Vice President Nathan Costa told 22News, they’ve been using different strategies to beef up attendance, including price deals, and community engagement through social media.They’re also offering membership packages and other special offers.

Costa said fans will be able to buy tickets for as little as $10 a game.

The city is also making sure that parking won’t be an issue for hockey fans. If you have a Thunderbirds ticket on game day, you’ll be able to park in the Civic Center garage for free. That’ll be offered as a first come, first serve basis.

The Thunderbirds are competing in the AHL’s Atlantic Division, against six other teams. They’ll play 76 regular season games in total, including 38 home games and 38 away games. They’ve already played two pre-season games, and two regular season games.

The Thunderbirds won both pre-season games against the Providence Bruins and the Hartford Wolf Pack. 

So far in the regular season, they’ve beat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but lost against the Lehigh valley Phantoms. 

The Thunderbirds will now face off against the St. John’s Icecaps Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at the MassMutual Center.

To get a full list of the Thunderbirds schedule or buy tickets, click here.