AHL President and CEO David Andrews with Spurs Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales Frank Miceli
American Hockey League (AHL) President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league has named the 2010-11 recipients of several awards for excellence and service to the league. The San Antonio Rampage received the President’s Award, given to an AHL organization for excellence in all areas off the ice.
“We are honored to be recognized by the American Hockey League with this prestigious award,” said Rick Pych, President of Business Operations for Spurs Sports & Entertainment. “The Rampage had their best season in franchise history off the ice, highlighted by an astounding 14,339 fans who attended the Rampage Pink in the Rink Night and a record breaking 256,433 fans who came through the doors of the AT&T Center which marked the seventh-best attendance in the 30-team league. This award is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of the Rampage business staff year round and it is wonderful to be recognized for their efforts and great success this season.”
The Rampage averaged 6,411 fans per home game during this past regular season, an increase of nearly 19 percent over the 2009-10 season. San Antonio continued to be one of the league’s model organizations in terms of group ticket sales practices and theme nights, drawing crowds of more than 10,000 for the team’s annual Military Appreciation Night and for its first-ever Pink in the Rink Night to support breast cancer research.
The announcements came Wednesday evening at a gala reception during the league’s annual meeting of the Board of Governors at Hilton Head Island, S.C.
In addition, the AHL announced today the winners of its annual Team Business Services awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in a variety of categories including ticket sales, community service and fan experience. The Rampage were recognized as the top club from the Western Conference in terms of revenue growth in three areas, including: season-ticket sales, group-ticket sales and overall ticket sales growth.
In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 10th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2010-11.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 Rampage 10th anniversary season are on sale now and can be purchased by calling a Rampage representative at 210.444.5554 or logging onto sarampage.com.