Greater Utica region excited for upcoming Comets season


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - As this years hockey season winds down, Uticans are already thinking about the Utica Comets next season. Comets season tickets went on sale Wednesday, winding down a prosperous year for the team and the city.

In the 2013-2014 season, the Comets sold 1,600 season tickets. Over 50 full-time jobs were brought to the city and more than 200 part-time jobs and 38 additional events were brought to the Utica Auditorium.

The Utica Comets have helped the local economy flourish.

"We've influenced the city in a great way," said Mark Caswell, the director of communications for the hockey team. "The players are always out in the community. It's a civic pride piece. Everywhere you go people have Comets gear on, people want to talk about the Comets, people are excited to talk about the Comets and people cant wait for the next game."

The goal is to sell more than 1,600 season tickets for next season.

Caswell said he thinks it's possible considering all the Comets do for the community, "Between the Pink The Rink night and the St. Patrick's Day jerseys, we raised over $30,000 each time for a great cause, be it breast cancer awareness or the rescue mission. There is a lot of money going through us and back into the community."

WKTV Meteorologist Jill Reale already jumped on the chance to purchase season tickets.

Reale said she has attended at least 20 home games this year, "I decided I had gone to so many games this year it would only make sense to get season tickets for next year for the Comets," she said. "Me and my family, my fiance,we go to all the games except when I'm working so why not save some money and be guaranteed a ticket for every game next year?"

Season tickets went on sale Wednesday, March 19. If you are a current season ticket holder, you have until April 16 to renew your seats. On April 17 any open seats that were not renewed by current ticket holders will be put on sale for the general public to purchase.

Season ticket prices range from $424 to $796.

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