Southern Colorado hockey fans now have something to look forward to.
Colorado Springs will host its first professional ice hockey game this fall. The Colorado Avalanche will take on the Los Angeles Kings on October 2nd in a preseason game.
This comes following an announcement on Tuesday by the World Arena, which will partner with Anschutz Entertainment Group to bring top entertainment and sporting events to Colorado Springs. The agreement spans several years.
World Arena leaders were on hand for the announcement, as well as hockey legend Joe Sakic. Though it will be different from playing in their usual venue, Sakic says Colorado Springs fans are always supportive.
"Pepsi Center is a great venue and it's a great building to play...we love playing in it and we have great fans and we know it's gonna be the same thing here in Colorado Springs," Sakic said. Sakic is currently the Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche.
Anschutz leaders also say they are anticipating the partnership.
"Having a building that has their stuff together is just… You can't pay for it. It's an amazing thing. It makes our lives, the band's life, the customer's life so much easier," said Chuck Morris with Anschutz Entertainment Group.
Tickets go on sale to the public on May 8. Tickets for the match-up will start at $25 and range to $80.