January 21, 2019
We're taking it outside, again: Winterfest returns in 2020
The game of hockey will return to its roots for a second time in the Glass City, as the Toledo Walleye announce plans to host Winterfest presented by ProMedica in December of 2020.
The winter celebration will include a wide variety of community events, featuring outdoor hockey games being played at Fifth Third Field.
“Winterfest captured a moment and turned the spotlight on Toledo when we hosted the event in 2014-15,” says President and CEO of Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye Joe Napoli. “We received tremendous support and I can’t wait to showcase our city now, five years later, with the addition of Hensville, Promenade Park, Middlegrounds Metropark, rooftop bars, new restaurants and so much more by 2020. The first Winterfest had such a collaborative spirit and we’re excited to see what our community partners can do this time.”
Toledo is the first and only city in the ECHL to host an outdoor hockey game. More than 50,000 people attended the various events when the Walleye hosted their first Winterfest from December 26, 2014 through January 4, 2015, which included the first two outdoor games in ECHL history:
- Two Walleye Outdoor Games: 22,300
- Fanfest: 6,200
- Open Skates: 10,000
- Private Skate Parties: 1,000
- Youth Hockey: 10,800 (145 Youth teams)
- High School Hockey: 2,500
- College Hockey: 5,000
“ProMedica is excited to be the title sponsor of the Walleye Winterfest once again,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “It’s a fantastic community event that brings tens of thousands of people out to watch outdoor hockey and partake in holiday-related activities while experiencing and contributing to the positive transformation that continues in downtown Toledo.”
The dates and events for Winterfest in December of 2020 will be announced at a later time.
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