ORLANDO, Fla. - The city of Orlando and the Solar Bears will host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game at Amway Center, the league announced Wednesday.
The game will be held January 21, and a week-long schedule of events and festivities will lead up to the hockey match.
"We would not have secured this great win for our community without the leadership support exhibited by the city of Orlando and Visit Orlando," said Solar Bears Managing Partner and CEO Jason Siegel. "On behalf of our ownership team, staff, season ticket holders, sponsors and fans, we especially want to thank the ECHL Board of Governors for their vote of confidence in our ability to host one of the League's signature events."
"We all know the city of Orlando is a great winter destination," said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. "Couple that with a world-class arena and the strong following the Solar Bears have developed and we have a perfect location for our 2015 All-Star Classic. We are pleased to bring our flagship event to Orlando in January 2015."
The Solar Bears completed their first season in the ECHL in 2012-13, finishing third in the league with an average attendance of 6,668 fans per game. Seven games throughout the season generated attendance over 8,500 fans.
"The selection of Orlando to host the 2015 ECHL All-Star Game is another testament to our community's ability to host top-tier sporting events," said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. "The ECHL All-Star game will further showcase our hometown hockey team, the Orlando Solar Bears, and a fan experience like no other at our state-of-the-art Amway Center."
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