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FireAntz to set attendance record

March 15, 2006 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Fayetteville Marksmen News Release

[FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.] - The Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) enter Thursday's contest against the Columbus Cottonmouths, the final regular season home game, on the cusp of surpassing the 100,000 mark for fans in attendance for the season.

Through the FireAntz first 27 home games, 97,721 fans have come to the Crown Coliseum, an average of 3,619 fans per game, ranking them first in the SPHL. There are already 4,500 tickets sold for Thursday night's game which will push the club past the 100,000 mark for the first time in franchise history. This shatters last season's attendance which was 85,744, an average of 3,062 per game.

The FireAntz have used the great fan support to their advantage, going 20-4-3 at home thus far. They also started the season 13-0-0 on home ice.

"The fan support has been tremendous all year." President/General Manager Kevin MacNaught said, "Hockey continues to grow in Fayetteville and more people are becoming fans. This community has embraced the FireAntz and we are very appreciative of their support."

In appreciation of the fans of the FireAntz, the club has tagged the regular season finale "Fan Appreciation Night." The club has a special group rate for the game, 25 tickets for only $75. Many fans already have capitalized on this great offer and will be in attendance as the FireAntz pass the 100,000 attendance mark on Thursday night at the Crown Coliseum.

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