Tigers General Manager Paul Thomason has urged fans to arrive early for tonight’s British Challenge Cup final, after a record number of tickets were pre-sold for the game.
Hundreds of supporters have already snapped up tickets for the second-leg meeting with Manchester Phoenix at Telford Ice Rink, which starts at 7.30pm.
Club bosses will open the doors at 6.45pm to cope with the expected influx of fans, as The Tigers look to win their first-ever double of major trophies.
And Thomason believes an early start will give supporters the best chance of securing a good view of the action.
He said: “Tonight is the biggest single game we have seen in Telford for over 20 years, and the ticket sales have reflected that. Our website has been inundated with requests and that should result in a massive crowd. It is the most we have ever pre-sold for a game.
“We are aware big crowds can take some time to enter the rink, so we want fans to come early and enjoy themselves. The build-up to the match is going to be vital for creating an atmosphere that the players can thrive in.
“We’re opening the doors at 6.45pm, and will be giving fans who have pre-bought tickets access through another entrance at the rear of the ice rink.”
The Tigers already lead 3-1 from last week’s first leg in Manchester and if they win tonight, will be odds-on favourites to lift a historic triple crown.
Thomason added: “The support we’ve had this season has been out of this world and is something the players have really appreciated. When we won the league at the start of this month, the noise was incredible and made such a big difference. We want to see that sort of atmosphere tonight.”
Telford’s triumph in winning the English Premier League was witnessed by over 1,200 fans at Telford Ice Rink, with a spectacular pyrotechnics show to introduce the players.
This evening will see a similar spectacle during the pre-game announcements, as club bosses bid to give supporters a night to remember.
“Nobody will want to miss what we’ve got planned for players’ entrance,” Thomason said.
“It is a major cup final, so both teams will enter the ice with fire and smoke filling the arena. The British Challenge Cup is one of the biggest competitions in the UK game, and we want to celebrate that properly.
Season tickets cannot be used for this game, but seat reservations are still valid.