Utica, NY – Utica Comets President Robert Esche announced today that the team will play a home-and-home preseason series against the Syracuse Crunch, beginning on Saturday, September 30.
The Comets will host the first game of the series at the Kennedy Arena in Rome on Saturday, September 30 at 5 p.m. The second game of the series will be played at the Syracuse War Memorial on Sunday, October 1 at 5 p.m. This series marks the third consecutive preseason that the Comets and Crunch will meet. Last season, the Comets posted a record of 5-5-2 against the Crunch during the regular season.
“It’s always exciting going back to Rome, which is where my parents are from,” said Esche. “I’m happy we were able to work something out with the City of Rome and the AHL to highlight such a great hockey community, and to kick off what is to be a very special fifth anniversary season.”
The Comets will continue to strengthen their relationship with the City of Rome by holding the third preseason game in team history at the Kennedy Arena, the first since 2014-15. The Utica Comets and Vancouver Canucks will donate all ticketing and concession proceeds to the City of Rome. In addition, the game’s 50/50 raffle proceeds will be donated to the Rome Youth Hockey Organization and a silent auction will be held with all proceeds donated to the Bobby Page Memorial Foundation.
“The City of Rome is very pleased to welcome the Comets back to Kennedy Arena for an exhibition game with the Crunch,” Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo commented. “There are many season ticket members of the Comets here in the city and we are delighted to play a small part in the Comets fifth anniversary season. Our thanks to the Comets and the Vancouver Canucks for their generosity in donating all ticketing and concession proceeds to the City of Rome, which we will use to continue making improvements to the Kennedy Arena physical plant.”
Tickets will be sold for $10 at the Kennedy Arena beginning on September 8 at 2 p.m. A special Season Ticket Member presale will begin at 10 a.m. Tickets are limited, and will be available until sold out.