The University of Alabama Frozen Tide hockey team drew a record opening-weekend crowd during its first two games of the season at the Pelham Civic Complex. (File)
The University of Alabama Frozen Tide hockey team drew a record opening-weekend crowd during its first two games of the season at the Pelham Civic Complex. (File)

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Bama hockey sets opening weekend record in Pelham

Published 10:48am Thursday, October 3, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The University of Alabama Frozen Tide Hockey team drew a “significantly higher” crowd for its opening weekend in late September than it has in the past years, according to the director of the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena.

“We saw a significant improvement over the last years, even for the first game,” Civic Complex Director Danny Tate told city leaders during an Oct. 1 City Council work session. “We saw about 300 on Friday night.”

The Frozen Tide, which plays its home games at the Civic Complex, recorded a pair of big wins to open the season, downing the U.S. Army’s Ft. Benning team 13-1 on Sept. 26 and beating Tulane 14-1 on Sept. 27.

The two games marked the first Frozen Tide games since the team signed an agreement with the city of Pelham to secure more home games this year and significant improvements to the team’s locker room.

This year also marks the first time alcohol is being sold at the complex during Frozen Tide games.

“We had our first alcohol sales, and that went off without a hitch,” Tate said.

Tate noted the Civic Complex likely will see a bump in its revenues early next year, as the facility will host the Auburn-Alabama hockey match for the first time since 2011. Tate said he is looking to see about $60,000 in revenues during the three-game stretch Jan. 17-19.

After traveling to Huntsville to face the University of Michigan-Flint, Davenport College and Grand Valley State in the Civil War Showcase, the Tide will host five straight home games at the Civic Complex.

The team is scheduled to host South Florida on Oct. 11, Christopher Newport on Oct. 12, South Carolina Oct. 17-18 and Georgia Tech on Oct. 24.

Frozen Tide head coach Mike Quenneville said the Frozen Tide’s schedule this season is loaded with nationally ranked opponents.

“As we said a few weeks ago, we have put together the most competitive schedule in the eight-year history of our program,” Quenneville said. “The challenges in front of us this year – both in our league and region as well as some traditional power house programs – will be quite a test. This is the way you want to build your team and program.”


  • David Ladewig


    This mega boondoggle is costing the taxpayers in Pelham $7030.16+ PER DAY to keep open. The taxpayers are losing $2043.72+ PER DAY. This is based on the 2012 financial statement. The 2013 will be worse. Now that the city is in fact paying for all the University of Alabama upgrades, more money is being lost on this building. It is way past time to start a truthful discussion about the why it is still open and why taxpayers are being bilked for MILLIONS of dollars in losses for this failed folly. It is criminal to keep wasting our money on this. It cannot be brought into a break even status. Not now, now ever.

    David Ladewig

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