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Falcons Gear Up for Summer Blast

June 16, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Fresno Falcons News Release

FRESNO, CALIF. - The Fresno Falcons announced today that 27 local businesses and organizations will be in attendance on Wednesday at Summer Blast, presented by the U.S. Army, Comcast Cable, and Clear Channel Radio. Summer Blast takes place from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Valdez Hall, located next to Selland Arena in downtown Fresno.

Scheduled to be in attendance at Summer Blast are: American Diabetes Association; Light the Night; California Transplant Donor Network; Roger Dunn Gold Shops; Clear Channel Radio; Linker Financial; United Valley Insurance; Falconeers Booster Club; Junior Falcons; Fresno Women's Chamber of Commerce; Poverello House; KFRE the CW 59; Comcast Cable; U.S. Army; Fresno Fuego; Elaine's Dog Kennel; Mona Vie; LifeSource Water; Fresno State Ice Hockey; Verizon Wireless; Pom Wonderful; Farmer's Insurance; Kunz Chiropractic; Robeks Juice; ServiceMaster Advanced; Jewels; and Eye-Q Vision Care.

In addition to these booths, several coaches from Fresno State, including women's basketball head coach Adrian Wiggins, new women's lacrosse head coach Sue Behme, and an assistant coach from the men's basketball team, as well as Fresno State athletes, will be in attendance for Summer Blast.

Also scheduled to be in attendance are Fresno Fuego players, as well as members of the Fuego's Dance Squad, "The A-Team," presented by Advanced Laser Clinic of Fresno.

Summer Blast features a food drive and jersey auction to benefit Poverello House. Admission to the event is free with the donation of non-perishable food. There will be live music with Stone River, kids' games, Hockey 101 featuring Falcons Head Coach Matt Thomas and Nicole from KFRE the CW 59, a silent auction, a live auction of the Falcons white jerseys from the 2007-08 season, free parking, and food.

The Falcons return downtown to Selland Arena for the 2008-09 season. The home opener is Friday, October 24 against the Bakersfield Condors at 7:30 p.m. Season Ticket packages start at just $432, and are now available by calling the Falcons at (559) 485-7825.

Began in 1988-89 with five teams playing in four states, the Premier ‘AA' Hockey League has grown into a coast-to-coast league that will have 24 teams in 16 states and British Columbia playing 864 games from Oct. 17, 2008 to Apr. 4, 2009. Nineteen of the 24 teams have played at least five years in their current city.

The third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the ECHL averaged 4,174 per game last season, marking the fourth year in row and the 16th time in the last 18 years that the league has averaged over 4,000 fans. The league has drawn over four million fans each of the last five years and 11 times in the past 12 seasons.

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