The East Coast Hockey League has announced the teams that will play The Toledo Walleye in the first-ever outdoor games in league history, to be held at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo.
The Toledo Walleye will face the Kalamazoo Wings in the first game on December 27, 2014. The second game, on January 3, 2015, has the Walleye taking on the Fort Wayne Komets. These two historic games are part of a 10-day outdoor Winterfest celebration in downtown Toledo from December 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
Fifth Third Field, the home of the world-famous Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens, will be converted from a baseball field into an outdoor hockey rink. The length of the ice will run across the infield between first and third base.
"There has been a lot of excitement around the League since we first announced this event last October," said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. "With the Walleye hosting regional rivals Kalamazoo and Fort Wayne in the first outdoor games in ECHL history, we are expecting a tremendous response from fans and are looking forward to two great nights during the 2014-15 season."
Adding to the excitement is an alumni showdown between Toledo and Fort Wayne prior to the game on January 3. This will be the second match-up featuring former Toledo pro-hockey players against alumni from the Fort Wayne Komets.
While the marquee events of Winterfest 2014 are the two ECHL outdoor games, there will also be youth, high school and adult hockey at the outdoor rink. Kids and adults alike will enjoy a Rockefeller Center-like experience during community skates.
Winterfest ticket packages are currently available for all Walleye and Mud Hens Game Plan Holders. For other ticket and group information call 419-725-WALL or visit www.toledowalleye.com.