The home opener for the Syracuse Crunch is this Saturday, 10/13, versus the Charlotte Checkers. While the team has already had four games this season, this is the first of the season at the War Memorial Arena. While any home opener of the season is exciting in Central New York, this one is extra special because it is the 25th home opener for the Crunch!
To celebrate, the Crunch will be having extra special guests and surprises before and during the game on Saturday. The game is slated to start at 7 PM, but won't start right then due to some pre-game festivities to celebrate the 25th home opener.
The Crunch have a few things planned for the game. The first is to bring out players from the multiple different eras of the Crunch, including Vancouver, Columbus, Anaheim and Tampa Bay. Before their Syracuse debut, the Crunch were hosted in those four different cities. Those players will be escorted out on the ice by mascots from each affiliation. The Crunch also plan to recreate elements of the first 1994 opener for Saturday's game.
The Crunch will also be wearing their silver specialty jerseys during the game and the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive LED foam batons. The Crunch are going all out for their 25th anniversary in Syracuse! Should be quite the experience if you decided to go out and support.
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