Ten-day Walleye Winterfest kicks off with FanfestWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Wintefest has arrived at long last.
That’s what Joe Napoli, president and general manager of the Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye, said during a news conference Dec. 26 announcing the official start of the 10-day bash.
Walleye player Cody Lampl said he hopes the event will spark a tradition in Toledo.
“We’re very excited to bring the events downtown,” Lampl said. “It’s very exciting for the community.”
Napoli discussed some of the activities taking place during Winterfest, beginning with the Walleye sled hockey game versus Perrysburg High School minutes after the news conference.
Winterfest will take place through Jan. 4 and will feature activities at both Fifth Third Field and Huntington Center.
The Walleye will play in two outdoor games at the baseball stadium, the first of which will be the first outdoor game in ECHL history: the Walleye host the Kalamazoo Wings at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 27, followed by fireworks, a jersey auction and community open skate. The Walleye will also play the Fort Wayne Komets at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 3.
College and high school hockey teams will play throughout the 10 days. The Harlem Globetrotters will also pay a visit to the Huntington Center at 2 p.m. Dec. 28. Community skates will be hosted from 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 28, 3:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m. Dec. 29 and post-game Jan. 3.
Other events include the Walleye Winter Brewfest and the Winterfest New Year’s Eve Party at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.toledowalleye.com.
Winterfest will conclude with the Walleye Winterfest Tournament starting at 12:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at Fifth Third Field’s Outdoor Rink.