Acrisure Arena recently celebrated its grand opening on December 14, and the Coachella Valley Firebirds, AHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, have announced the schedule for the team’s inaugural season.
The inaugural season will introduce fans to the Pacific Division through numerous divisional matchups versus the Abbotsford Canucks (Vancouver Canucks), Bakersfield Condors (Edmonton Oilers), Colorado Eagles (Colorado Avalanche), Henderson Silver Knights (Vegas Golden Knights), Ontario Reign (Los Angeles Kings), San Diego Gulls (Anaheim Ducks), San Jose Barracuda (San Jose Sharks), Tucson Roadrunners (Arizona Coyotes), and the Calgary Wranglers’ new AHL franchise.
The Firebirds will see two teams outside of their division when they square off against Iowa Wild (Minnesota Wild) and Texas Stars (Dallas Stars). The Stars will be the lone non-divisional team to visit Acrisure Arena (March 11 & 12).
Following the four games in the Seattle area, the Firebirds will play 16 games on the road through the middle of December before making their home ice debut at Acrisure Arena, the newest world-class concert and sports venue in the Coachella Valley, on Sunday, December 18. The puck drop for the home opener against the Tucson Roadrunners is slated for 6:00 p.m. PT. Coachella Valley’s two longest homestands take place from January 4 through January 16, 2023, and March 8 through March 19. Both homestands include six games against various teams.
Start times will vary throughout the season depending on the day of the week. Most Firebirds weekday home games will begin at 7:00 p.m. PT, with exceptions for two Monday starts at 3:00 p.m. PT pm on January 16 (MLK Day) and February 20 (Presidents’ Day); Saturday night home games will begin at 6:00 p.m. PT; and Sunday home matinees at 3:00 p.m. PT.
Fans are encouraged to keep an eye out for the announcement of theme nights, promotional giveaways, viewing parties, and other exciting events surrounding Coachella Valley Firebirds games and inaugural season festivities.
For more information and to purchase season tickets for the inaugural season, please visit www.CVFirebirds.com or call 760-835-8778.
Additionally, the Berger Foundation Iceplex serves as a welcoming year-round refuge for
locals and visitors to skate, train and have fun. Open from 6 am-11:30 pm, the 36,000sf Iceplex
features a 250-spectator seat NHL ice rink, four locker rooms, two party room areas, and a
mezzanine for customers to enjoy concessions while connecting with friends.
A myriad of special events will be open to the public, including hockey and skating programs, tournaments, exhibition ice shows plus themed and charitable activities including DJ Skate nights, Frozen 5k, Be a Star, and more.
The Iceplex is the official training center of the Coachella Valley Firebirds. In addition to daily public skating sessions, the Iceplex will also be home to the CV Skate Academy, Adult and Junior Hockey Leagues, Birthday Parties, and more. Opportunities for private ice rental for tournaments, broomball, corporate, nonprofit, and other special events will also be available. The Berger Foundation Iceplex is the premiere community center destination in the Coachella Valley.
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