City of Orlando and Visit Orlando
Team Up With Orlando Solar Bears to Secure 2015 ECHL All-Star Game
Orlando, FL - The ECHL announced on Wednesday that
Orlando and its hometown team, the Orlando Solar Bears, will host the
2015 ECHL All-Star Game at Amway Center on January 21, 2015, as well as
a week-long schedule of events and festivities that accompany the game.
"We would not have secured this great win for our community without the
leadership support exhibited by the City of Orlando and Visit Orlando,"
said Solar Bears Managing Partner and CEO Jason Siegel. "On behalf of
our ownership team, staff, season ticket holders, sponsors and fans, we
especially want to thank the ECHL Board of Governors for their vote of
confidence in our ability to host one of the League's signature events."
Previous All-Star Games have generated millions of dollars for the local
economy as guests, players, coaches and fans occupy hundreds of hotel
rooms and spend several days in the host city. The game also has been
available live on the NHL Network, as well as broadcast on multiple
regional networks and satellite radio.
"We all know the city of Orlando is a great winter destination," said
ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. "Couple that with a world-class arena
and the strong following the Solar Bears have developed and we have a
perfect location for our 2015 All-Star Classic. We are pleased to bring
our flagship event to Orlando in January 2015."
The Solar Bears completed their first season in the ECHL in 2012-13,
finishing third in the League with an average attendance of 6,668 fans
per game. Seven games throughout the season generated attendance over
"The selection of Orlando to host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game is another
testament to our community's ability to host top-tier sporting events,"
said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "The ECHL All-Star game will further
showcase our hometown hockey team, the Orlando Solar Bears, and a fan
experience like no other at our state-of-the-art Amway Center."
"We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor of the 2015 ECHL All-Star
Game," said Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel. "We look forward
to continuing to partner with the Solar Bears, the City of Orlando and
the Amway Center team to enhance the fan experience and maximize
visitation for the game while leveraging the week's events to heighten
exposure for our destination."
A press conference will be held in Orlando in the near future to unveil
the All-Star Week schedule of events and festivities and to formally
introduce the Organizing Committee and the All-Star Game presenting
sponsor, Visit Orlando and supporters including the City of Orlando,
Amway Center, the Downtown Development Board, the Central Florida Sports
Commission, and Levy Restaurants.
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild
and AHL's Iowa Wild, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and
Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway
Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com, Facebook, and
Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates.
Don't get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar
Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket
now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the
Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.
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