The Hamilton Bulldogs will host a regular season game outdoors at Ivor Wynne Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 21.
The 1 p.m. American Hockey League game will be played against the Toronto Marlies and will be the first time in AHL history that a Canadian team has held an outdoor game.
“This will be a week-long celebration of hockey, with an NHL and AHL alumni game, local minor hockey games, culminating with a battle between the Bulldogs and the Marlies on Jan. 21. It is our chance to showcase what a great hockey community Hamilton truly is,” said Bulldogs owner and chairman Michael Andlauer.
“To me, this is about more than just a hockey game, it’s about bringing the community together in celebration of what is truly Canadiana; an outdoor hockey game between the farm clubs of the two most storied franchises in hockey, being played in a Canadian Football League stadium.
“We are very thankful in partnering and working closely with Mayor Bob Bratina and the City of Hamilton as well as Bob Young, Scott Mitchell and the Tiger-Cats to ensure this is a great success. With their backing, and the support of ‘Dogs fans, ‘Cats fans and all Hamiltonians, I’m confident that together we’ll easily break the AHL’s attendance record of 21,508.”
“The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are excited to be involved with the Bulldogs for such a great event for our city. This outdoor game will be a terrific way to kick off the 2012 sports calendar in what is the final season of historic Ivor Wynne Stadium,” said Tiger-Cats president Scott Mitchell.
“Hockey fans in southern Ontario are in for a terrific experience as the American Hockey League goes outdoors for the first time in Canada”, said league president and chief executive officer David Andrews. “Historic Ivor Wynne Stadium has been the site of many great Hamilton-Toronto games in the CFL, and now the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies will bring their intense pro hockey rivalry to what could be an all-time record AHL crowd.”
All Hamilton Bulldogs season ticket holders will receive a ticket to the outdoor game in their package. Prior to going on sale to the public, season ticket holders and flex pack holders will have an opportunity to purchase additional tickets to the game. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. Prices will be announced shortly.
The Bulldogs open their 2011-12 season at home on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Copps Coliseum against the Rochester Americans.