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Utica Sells Out Over Weekend

This weekend there were big crowds in Utica. In fact, the city sold-out Friday and Saturday and in more than one place. If you happened to be at the AUD or the Stanley Theater you were a part of this big city sell-out.
This weekend there were big crowds in Utica. In fact, the city sold-out Friday and Saturday and in more than one place. If you happened to be at the AUD or the Stanley Theater you were a part of this big city sell-out.
The AUD seats just under 40 thousand people and on Friday and Saturday night every single seat was filled. This makes for the 7th sold out home Comets game of the season, a number that has far exceeded expectations for this inaugural year.
"The AUD seats 3,815 and we're operating on 87% capacity on average, it's a number we're blown away with and very proud of, nobody shows up like a comets fan and it's awesome to see the support,” says Mark Caswell Jr., Director of Communications for the Comets.
Caswell says the back-to-back sell outs made for a high-energy and adrenalin-filled hockey scene. Friday night was not only a sell-out but also the special "Pink the Rink" night to raise awareness and money for breast cancer. The players wore special pink jerseys that were auctioned off at the end of the night, that auction also exceeded expectations.
"We raised 35 thousand dollars in the jersey auction alone and we're still calculating other results because we're going to donate a lot more than that but it was everything we could imagine,” said Caswell.
The Comets beat the Syracuse Crunch on Friday but the puck did not fall in their favor Saturday night. Even so, there was no shortage of spirit.
"It was another sell out and exciting night, we announced the Syracuse score when the game went final and the crowd went nuts, it was a good experience for all,” says Caswell.
Across town on Saturday night a slightly different type of stadium was sold out.
"It was awesome because we had a full house and everybody was so excited to see Leon returning with his partner Romy for the magic show, the Illusion Rocks show and the place was rocking," said Jerry Kraus, Executive Director of the Stanley.
The Stanley Theater sold out Saturday night on top of the Comets game. Kraus says this is telling of how much the city has to offer.
"For so long people have said there's nothing to do and now there's plenty to do and we're just hopeful that people go out and continue to buy tickets whether it’s for the hockey team or to come here to the Stanley or for other events," says Kraus.
Some upcoming events to mark on your calendars: Thursday is the Stanley Beatles Musicfest for all of those Beatles fans out there. And then the Comets play their next home game on Saturday February 15th against Rochester. Tickets are going fast.

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