Glenn Falls, NY for next season and the foreseeable future
GLENS FALLS -- The city and new owners of the Philadelphia Phantoms had commitments for about 800 season tickets as of Tuesday evening, city 5th Ward Councilman Bennet Driscoll announced.
That figure brings them nearly one-third of the way toward a goal of selling 2,500 season tickets by April 30 in order to lock in the Phantoms to play at the Glens Falls Civic Center next season.
City officials expect season ticket sales to jump exponentially as a result of a concentrated marketing effort to businesses in the next few days.
Most of the season tickets sold so far have been to individuals, Driscoll said at the city Common Council meeting on Tuesday.
The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce is reactivating its Sports Promotion Committee to help with the effort, said Councilman-at-Large Dan Hall.
The Brooks Group, which recently bought the Phantoms, has said it will relocate the American Hockey League team to Glens Falls if 2,500 season tickets are sold by April 30.
The price for season tickets has not yet been determined, but there will be a variety of packages that count toward the 2,500 goal, Driscoll said.
Those packages will include full-season packages for a adults and children as well as 20-game and 10-game packages, with the possibility of different prices based on seating location, he said.
The Brooks Group is taking $25 deposits toward the cost of season tickets. The deposits would be refunded if the Phantoms don’t relocate the hockey team to Glens Falls.
Three downtown business owners that attended the Common Council meeting volunteered to help with the promotion.
Chris Scoville, owner of Scoville Jewelers, offered to pay for an outdoor sign to be attached to the fountain outside his store at the intersection of Glen and Ridge streets.
The sign potentially would be similar to an interior sign already being displayed inside City Hall.
Northeast Promotional Corp. of South Glens Falls donated the sign at City Hall.
Francis Willis, owner of Gourmet Cafe on Glen Street, said he would tuck small fliers in with guests’ checks if the city or hockey owners provided them.
Christina Kaidas, owner of Sterling & Co. gift shop on Glen Street, said she would be willing to distribute fliers or display a small sign in her store.