The Utica Comets could break a significant AHL attendance record on Friday, as they are expected to record their 121st consecutive announced sellout.
The Comets have a sellout streak that reached 120 games on Wednesday, when they hosted the Rochester Americans. That tied an AHL consecutive sellout mark that was previously set by St. John’s, and put the Comets in a position to break the record.
Their opportunity to reach 121 straight sellouts will come with Friday’s game against the Cleveland Monsters. Breaking the record would certainly represent a milestone for the Comets, and it is anticipated that Friday’s game will be played in front of another sellout crowd. More from the Observer-Dispatch:
The Comets matched the AHL record of 120 consecutive sold-out games – set by the former St. John’s team from 2011 to 2014 – in Wednesday’s loss to Rochester. The team is expected to surpass the mark with 121 consecutive announced sold-out games Friday when the Cleveland Monsters visit Utica. There are no tickets available to purchase on the Empire State Tickets web site. StubHub, the online ticket exchange site, had a few tickets listed.
It is an impressive milestone for Utica, which has had an uneven history with pro hockey teams over the last 30 years. None of those teams have been able to gain the kind of earnest support like the Comets, who have about 3,000 season-ticket holders. Utica’s downtown arena has changed — similar to the city in some ways recently — the last few years with help from multi-million dollar renovations and upgrades. Capacity is currently listed at 3,917 making it one of the smaller building in the AHL.
“I go back to it all the time: It’s a solid fan base. It is a hockey hotbed,” Comets President Rob Esche said. “I know a lot people talk about the size of the building, but we’re also the smallest market. It is very powerful when you can do something of this magnitude.”
The Comets have played at Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium since 2013.
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