GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Friday night was the last time the Adirondack Phantoms would play at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The Phantoms sold out the arena for the fifth time this season with 5,586 in attendance. For many, it was bittersweet to see the home team leave, but they were also excited and hopeful a new AHL team would come to town.
Russ Chatam is a Glens Falls resident and has been a season ticket holder for five years.
“I’m sad to see hockey leave Glens Falls,” he said. “It’s a lot of memories for everyone.”
The Civic Center has been home to Calder Cup champions, heroic plays and a few in-game fights. But now the city is looking for a team to fill the 38 home games that will be lost in revenue next year.
“We definitely need another team here,” Chatam said. “It’s great family time.”
The Canadian Abbotsford Heat could come to Glens Falls after its NHL owner the Calgary Flames announced the Heat was leaving Abbotsford.
“We are one of the cities that they are looking at, but there are several in the mix,” Glens Falls Council Man-at-Large Dan Hall said. “In your mind this is the perfect home for the Heat. This is a great spot.”
Hall said the city has made it known they want the Heat.
“We know we’re on the map,” he said. “We know that people know about us.”
People like Eric Fuller hope the Heat come to Glens Falls and keep the Civic Center open.
“That’s probably going to be the only way the Civic Center survives is if we get another team,” he said.
Residents also believe updating the arena may help attract a new team.