SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – A sea of green took over the Enmarket Arena in Savannah for the Ghost Pirates game.
“Oh my God, this is terrible.”
Fans are excited to see the Ghost Pirates take to the ice.
They say that a moment has been more than a year.
“You take the energy out of everyone here. The roar, the crowd, just everything that happens, it’s very exciting. I almost cried a few minutes ago thinking about what was going on,” said Ghost Pirates Fan Annette Cheney.
And long before the puck dropped, hockey fans arrived as soon as the gates opened hoping to grab some Ghost Pirates merchandise as they made their way through the crowd.
“The parking wasn’t terrible and I know they’re still working on the parking lot, but it really wasn’t a bad situation,” said Ghost Pirates Fan Matthew Iannatto.
Arena officials say tonight’s game is a growing presence for the sport in the region.
“He plays the game well in the south. Everyone talks about hockey as a sport where players play in puddles, but it’s actually an indoor sport. You can play sports anywhere,” said co-president Peter Luukko.
And with the arrival of the Ghost Pirates comes an expected hockey boom in the Hostess City.
“You will see little children playing. You will see people progressing from that end: learn the sport, buy equipment, go to/organize tournaments, we will build more tracks here,” said Luukko.
Just like the Ghost Pirates fever shows no signs of slowing down
“Ticket sales are off the charts. People are obviously interested already,” said Luukko.
If you missed Saturday’s game the Ghost Pirates will play a total of 36 games here this season.
The next home game is Thursday against the Florida Everblades at 7:00 p.m.
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