For Savannah, professional hockey is a 20-year itch that needs a long, curved hockey stick to scratch it.
The savanna ghost pirates Play the opening match at home at 7 pm on Saturday at Inmarket Arena. Affiliate member of the National Hockey League Vegas Golden NightsThe Ghost Pirates are the first professional hockey franchise to call Savannah home.
But they aren’t the first to flirt with the host city.
The city has been courting a team since the early 2000s, when the College Club Championship, known today as the Classic hockey savannah, indicated the interest of the people of the region in this sport. Another minor league has been explored, the Atlantic Coast Hockey League (ACHL) Add Team Savannah In 2003, even organized a series of regular seasonal games at the Savannah Civic Center.
Negotiations between ACHL and Savannah failed, and long story The construction of a new yard soon followed. This facility opened earlier this year with one committed tenant: Hockey team announced in January 2021 which became known as Ghost Pirates.
Ghost Pirates: The Hunt Begins
The Savannah Ghost Pirates, a minor league hockey team, plays its first home game at 7 p.m. Saturday before a selling crowd at the Enmarket Arena. In the days leading up to the debut, Savannah Morning News publishes a series of stories that preview the inaugural season.
Savannah Mayor Van Johnsonwho has served on the council in some form throughout the city’s long history with hockey, called the debut of the Ghost Pirates “the beginning of a new era of sport in our city,
“The house editorial will put an exclamation point on building an entirely new yard to serve as a home base,” Johnson said.
Fan expectations have been steadily increasing since the franchise launched nearly two years ago. Saturday’s opening is a sale, and Ghost Pirates has sold nearly 3,500 season tickets at the 7,000-seat Enmarket Arena. Dozens of fans made the trip to Greenville, South Carolina, for the team’s first-ever game on October 22.
“We’ve been talking about this team for nearly two years now and we’ve been talking about hockey in Savannah forever. Now that’s real,” said Chris Paesden, a Buller resident who attended the season opener in Greenville.
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Savannah plays her first five games on the road. Ghost Pirates 4-0 qualifies for Friday night’s game, also in Greenville. The two teams travel across the state next to play the opening game in Savannah on Saturday.
About ghost savanna pirates
Venue: In Market Arena (Capacity: 7000)
Ownership: Andy Kaufman
Coach: Rick Bennett (season 1)
Affiliation: Vegas Golden Knights (NHL), Henderson Silver Knights (AHL)
League: ECHL (28 teams)
2022-2023 matches: 72 matches (36 at home and 36 away)
Opening: October 22 in Greenville (SC) Swamp Rabbits
Home Opening: November 5th vs. Greenville (SC) Swamp Rabbits
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