No ticket is needed.
That alone is a good reason not to miss the third annual Fan Fest before the Utica Comets’ home game Saturday, Oct. 24 against their American Hockey League rival Syracuse Crunch, said Galaxy Communications President and CEO Ed Levine on Wednesday afternoon during a news conference at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Fan Fest will start at 3 p.m. and continue up to the beginning of the Comets’ game at 7 p.m. Popular rock band Candlebox is scheduled to headline the event, which will take place near the Aud on Whitesboro Street.
The event, which is free and open to everyone, also will include an autograph booth with Comets players, a family fun zone with bounce houses and a mini-hockey play area. Local professional hockey players will also meet fans and sign autographs during the event, Comets President Rob Esche said. An announcement on which players will be signing autographs will be made later, Esche said.
Food and beverages also will be available for purchase at the event.
“We’re very excited,” Levine said of the event. “It’s a celebration of the Comets, of last year’s (Western Conference championship), of what they meant to this community and the excitement of the upcoming year.”
Levine anticipates a big crowd for the event. He said about 5,000 people showed up for Candlebox’s performance a few years ago at Fireworks Over Utica.