JOINING US, I’M NICK ARESCO ANC: THIS WAS THE NIGHT SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRD FANS HAD BEEN WAITING FOR, THE START OF THE 2019-2020 SEASON. 22NEWS REPORTER SY BECKER JOINED THE THOUSANDS OF FANS WHO WELCOMED THE THUNDERBIRDS BACK TO THE MASS MUTUAL CENTER TONIGHT . 3 SECONFS FULL UP SOUND AS THE PLAYERS ARE INTRODUCED) SY BECKER : A SELL OUT CROWD OF NEARLY SIXTY-EIGHT HUNDRED FANS CHEERED THEIR THUNDERBIRDS SEASON OPENER AGAINST THE BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS. IT WAS A CROWD COMPRISED MOSTLY OF FAMILIES. PARENTS, WHO WHEN THEY WERE CHILDREN WERE INTRODUCED TO THE SPORT BY THEIR MOMS AND DADS, NOW CONTINUING THE TRADITION WITH THEIR KIDS CHAD: ABSOLUTELY, OPENING NIGHT FOR THE THUNDERBIRDS, I’VE BEEN COMING HERE SINCE I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD, WHAT A GREAT FAMILY EVENT FATIMA: OH MY GOD, IT’S VERY EXCITING. THE KIDS ARE EXCITED. AS A MATTER OF FACT HE WAS SAYING HOW WE USED TO COME HERE AS A CHILD, WITH HIS PARENTS 3 SECONDS OF FULL UP SOUND OF THE GAME.. SY BECKER: THUNDERBIRDS CO-OWNER PAUL PICKNELLY SHARED THE EXCITMENT, TAKING IN THE GAME WHILE COMMENTING ON THE FAMILY FLAVOR OF HIS FELOW FANS.. PAUL: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT. LOOK AT EVERY ONE OF THE FANS HERE, THEY’VE GOT SMILES ON THEIR FACES, AND THEY’RE HAPPY TO BE IN DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD SHANE: CAME WITH MY FATHER, I HAD A GREAT TIME, STAYED WITH IT. SY BECKER: OPENING NIGHT FOR THE SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS, PLAYING TO A PACKED HOUSE OF GENERATIONS OF FANS WHOSE COMMITMENT TO SPRINFIELD HOCKEY CONTINUES TO RUN DEEP. AT THE MASS MUTUAL CENTER, SY BECKER 22NEWS.. THUNDERBIRDS BEAT THE BRIDGEPORT

Sold out crowd for Springfield Thunderbirds season opener
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