Posted at: 12/13/2013 10:38 PM
Updated at: 12/13/2013 11:45 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
Thousands of Rochesterians braved the cold on Friday for the Frozen Frontier. Fans started arriving hours before game time and they were exited to be there.
"They should be doing this every year," says Amerk fan Adam Arembel. "Everyone in Rochester should be out here right now having as much fun as we're having."
"I think this is absolutely necessary for this town," says Jim Davidson. "I think this is awesome. This is great for the community. I hope they do this every year."
"I think it's just that's where the game was born you know?" says Jason Gajewski. "Is out on the ponds and the lakes and I grew up with a few ponds in my back yard. It's where I learned to skate. So it kind of makes you feel, I bet it makes the players feel like they are like a kid again."
Officials were expecting a sold out, standing room only crowd and they got almost that. We were told more than 11,000 fans filled the stadium for this event, making it a very successful first night.
The final figures are obviously not in yet, but when I did the math, just for tonight we're looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket sales alone.
It took a lot of work to get this show on the road. Officials say it was about a year in the making. The biggest question that fans wanted to know already, will the Frozen Frontier become an annual event?
Amerks VP Business Operations Rob Kopecz, "I know this is a once in a lifetime event tonight and we'll see how it goes the rest of the week and see if it makes sense to do it again. I know it's been a lot of fun and today it kicks of the ten days and we'll see how the rest of the week goes. It should be a lot of fun."
If you missed the game on Friday, there is plenty of more action during the upcoming week. You can find more information on the Frozen Frontier website by clicking here.