Largest yearly attendance since 2010-11, 13 percent jump covering last two seasons at box office
EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips), seven-time U.S. Division champions of the Western Hockey League, announced Saturday’s regular season home finale against the Victoria Royals at the 8,134-seat Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett is sold out, for a projected yearly total of 190,872 fans in attendance for the regular season, their largest draw since the 2010-11 season. The Silvertips have surpassed three million fans at the box office in just 16 seasons of play, totaling 3,206,961 in attendance.
At the gate, the Silvertips – who earned last season’s Western Conference Marketing and Business Award – have experienced a 13 percent increase in home attendance over the last two years, and this season had 11 sellouts in downtown Everett, totaling 32 percent of their entire home schedule.
“Our belief to make downtown Everett a continued and evolving hockey destination has continued to progress with the irreplaceable support of our team, billets, staff, sponsors, and each and every Silvertip fan,” said Zoran Rajcic, Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Sports Holdings. “This season carries tremendous value for our on-ice success and persistent journey to find new and renewed ways of connecting with our fans, and we salute all of Silvertip Country for playing a monumental role in surpassing three million fans through the turnstiles.”
The Silvertips enter this weekend averaging 5,587 fans per game at home since opening play in 2003-04. Their last meeting a home, before a standing room only crowd of 8,387 fans on Mar. 2, raised nearly $11,000 for Navy Night which benefited local Navy community efforts from tickets, merchandise, and Tip-A-Tip held on Feb. 19 at all El Paraiso Mexican Grill locations.
The Silvertips have drawn 6,600 fans or more to downtown Everett over the last five home games, and over the course of each season have scheduled community fundraising events such as Pink The Rink, Teddy Bear Toss, Local Heroes Night, and more.
This Saturday, the Silvertips will host Fan Appreciation Night at 7:05 p.m. against Victoria which will offer free Silvertips team photos to the first 3,000 fans in attendance (Mountain Pacific Bank), while each fan in attendance will be entered to win over $10,000 in prizes. After the final horn, all fans will be invited to stay for the Silvertips annual team awards ceremony.
On Feb. 9, the Silvertips clinched their 16th consecutive playoff berth, the longest streak (current) in the WHL and earned their seventh division title in franchise history one day after their 1-0 overtime win over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Mar. 2. Over the course of 16 seasons, fans have enjoyed 19 players from the Silvertips who have moved onto play in the National Hockey League, and 22 players who have been selected by clubs in the NHL Entry Draft.
The Silvertips return to play on Friday to finish the regular season with a home-and-home series which begins on the road, 7:05pm in Victoria (KRKO / WHL Live / TuneIn app). The Tips end the regular season on Fan Appreciation this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in downtown Everett before an expected sellout crowd. Tickets for all Silvertips home playoff games are on sale now at www.everettsilvertips.com/playoffs.
Silvertips “Game A + B” playoff packs are on sale now at www.everettsilvertips.com/tickets, with the first round scheduled to play in downtown Everett starting on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 22-23. The Silvertips first round opponent and remaining schedule will be announced soon.
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