Hockey fans are heading to Springfield this weekend for the AHL All-Star Classic.
It’s been sixty years since Springfield last hosted the AHL classic, and this year the Thunderbirds and MGM Springfield have brought it back to the city.
Springfield Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa told 22News the support of local hockey fans helped them land the classic. He said they’ve enjoyed a lot of fan support with many sold out games, which made them confident they could host a successful event.
The event is expected to bring thousands to the city.
Mary Kay Wydra, President of Springfield’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, said this brings business to the city at a time when things are usually slow.
Sun Kim Bop, a Korean restaurant across from the MassMutual Center, said they always see a spike in customers when hockey fans are in town.
“We get a lot more business at nighttime when there are people going to hockey games, we get a lot more people stopping in,” said Corey Smith, Sun Kim Bop manager. “I think we’re gonna get a lot of influx in business especially cause I’ve seen a lot of people wandering around downtown checking out the different signs. I think it’s gonna be a really good weekend for downtown Springfield.”
The AHL All-Star Classic events will kick off Sunday with the Aall star skills competition at 7 p.m. The AHL hall of fame induction and the all-star challenge will take place Monday.
If you’re interested in attending some of these events, tickets are still available.