AMARILLO, TX – It has been an off-season like no other in the history of hockey in the Texas Panhandle.
Hockey fans are still basking in the glow of a championship victory with the Amarillo Bulls capturing the North American Hockey League Robertson Cup National Championship. The first hockey title of any type, professional or junior level, in more than 30 years.
“I don’t know if I can put into words what winning a championship means,” said Bulls Season Ticket holder Tammy Hicks. “We watched some of the playoff games at Seven Grill and Bar when we were not able to make it down. We watched the final at a family’s house on a big TV and I am surprised that I didn’t cry because it was so emotional. I know that the players and coaches worked so hard.”
Season Ticket holder Lowell Brock said that championship trophy means a lot to him.
“It makes my heart feel so good that they worked hard especially in that final game to win it,” he said.
The Bulls have taken the championship trophy to numerous public events including the recent Canyon 4th of July Parade where the reception was overwhelming. Staff members have also taken the Championship Trophy out to numerous Corporate Partners as a way to thank them for their support.
The anticipation of the 2013-2014 season is starting to build with the recent announcement of the Bulls four games at the North American Hockey League Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota in mid-September. The complete regular season schedule is expected to be released later this month.
It’s not too early for fans to think about ticket plans and options for the upcoming season so they can be prepared for puck drop in the fall. Bulls Vice President and General Manager Rick Matchett says everyone has a chance to share in the Robertson Cup championship success by purchasing season tickets.
“We’ve got very affordable packages so that it doesn’t break the bank to come be a supportive fan!” said Matchett. “Our players work very hard to be the best team in the NAHL and they deserve huge crowds, so we’re asking everyone to become a Season Ticket Holder to support the only team to bring a National Championship to Amarillo! Our fans are a big reason why our team plays so well because our players are young and they want to please the home crowd. That still matters to them!”
Bulls Season Ticket Holders are a unique group of fans that can be seen in their usual seats throughout the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Many show up just prior to warm-up while others are seen wandering through the upper concourse or in the Corral talking with other fans.
“It’s a lot of fun to be part of the fan base,” said Michael Holliman, marketing Director for Plains Dairy. “I think of all of the sports teams in Amarillo, the Bulls fans are the most loyal. I see the same people almost every game. They are a lot of fun, and get pretty wild and crazy.
“You sit on the one side where the mainstays and the fans that are there every week and then you see across the arena and that is usually the new season ticket holders, and those that come and go every other week.”
These fans all agree that they would love to see more people become Season Ticket Holders and encourage those that may be sitting on the outside and thinking about it, to join in on the fun and excitement.
“I would tell fans to go to a game because a lot of people especially females don’t understand the game,” Hicks said. “They also need to pick up a program and get to know the game, and understand that these players are 17 to 21 years old who are doing this for their college future. It’s awesome that they are playing a game that they love. To know they put that much into makes me go back again and again.”
Hicks recalled how she first decided to become a Season Ticket holder.
“I went to Amarillo Gorillas games and just bought individual tickets sporadically and did the same thing when the Bulls came to town,” Hicks said. “During those times, I wanted a favorite seat and the camaraderie among Bulls fans was terrific. You get to know them so quickly and easily. They are very outgoing.
“I wanted a seat that I knew that was mine that I knew was going to be my favorite spot. I wanted to assure myself that I wanted to go to every game.”
Lowell Brock said his grandson and granddaughter got him interested in going to the games.
“They had Season Tickets and then I decided to get some too,” he said. “Mom started going last year so now we are both going to the games. So it’s been a family affair and it’s a good three hours of entertainment.”
Plains Dairy which provides Bulls players with chocolate milk for re-fueling after workouts, practices and off course games. Michael Holliman said the community involvement is the reason why they have partnered with the Bulls.
“Being involved in the community is what we are all about and the Amarillo Bulls are a big part of the community,” Holliman said. “It all fits with us at Plains Dairy. It just makes sense.”
The Bulls offer the most affordable packages with various payment plans available. Most games are played on Friday and Saturday night with very few games on Sundays and during the week allowing for maximum entertainment.
Full and Partial season tickets give fans the best value as well as many perks and benefits, including a pick-up party that begins the season where they get to meet the players, discounted price for the Christmas Party, free team skates and functions and guaranteed renewals. Another nice perk is 10 per cent off merchandise.
Prices for full season tickets start at just $240 for Silver Level which is the end zone, $315 for Red Level which includes the sides, Glass Level Seats or down in the front begin at $365. For a unique perspective at the games, the pit gives fans up-close-and-personal view of the hits, saves, goals, celebrations and fights. The Pit price starts at $415. For those fans with have children – prices start at just $180 for all sections excluding the pit.
For further information on Season Ticket Prices or to discuss seat availability, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or drop by 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.