It looks like the Queen City is ready to twist — and enjoy dollar beers — again. The Cincinnati Cyclones announced Tuesday that the hockey team plans to return to the ice in October for the 2021-2022 season.
The Cyclones will host its first home game of the season on October 30 against the Indy (Indianapolis) Fuel at Heritage Bank Center. It will be the Cyclones’ first game in about a year and a half, as the coronavirus pandemic canceled the end of the 2019-2020 season and the Cyclones opted out of the 2020-2021 season.
Cincinnati’s pro hockey team last played March 11, 2020, in Toledo. The Cyclones’ last home game was March 7 of last year.
“This is exciting news for our team and fans,” Cyclones Head Coach Matt Thomas says in a March 9 press release. “To have a goal and a set date to prepare for will make the time pass quickly. We are more than ready to play in front of our great fans again in October.”
For the October 30 return, the Cyclones are planning fans’ favorite promotions and traditions. First Face-Off will feature $1 John Morrell hot dogs, Donatos pizza slices, sodas and beer, plus the first 5,000 fans will receive a Cyclones calendar.
The puck will finally drop on home ice again at 7:30 p.m.
No other games are on the Cyclones’ online schedule at this time, but the press release and season ticket packages seem to indicate that more hockey is on its way. As long as Twister and Puckchop are there, we are, too.
Sports venues throughout Ohio are preparing for the return of teams and fans this year as COVID-19 numbers fall and the number of vaccinations rises. During a Feb. 25 briefing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine indicated that indoor entertainment venues may resume activity at a maximum capacity of 25%, provided that safety protocols continue. Depending on circumstances, teams may request variances that allow for a higher attendance. Heritage Bank Center’s capacity is a little over 17,500.
For more information, visit the Cincinnati Cyclones website.