Sound Tigers to play 24-game schedule, without fans

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will play a 24-game schedule for the 2020-21 regular season. The Sound Tigers will play 12 games each against the Hartford WolfPack and Providence Bruins, who will relocate for this season to Marlborough, Massachusetts.

The Sound Tigers, the American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, will open their 20th season Friday, February 5th at the Providence Bruins. The season, shortened by the COVD-19 pandemic, will run through May 16.

“As we prepare for a season unlike any other in our 85-year history, our priorities are first and foremost health and safety,” AHL President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson said in a release. “Our main objective is to provide a safe environment for our players to continue their development towards a career in the National Hockey League.”

All of Bridgeport’s home games for the 2020-21 season will take place at Webster Bank Arena. Due to health and safety protocols, no fans will be permitted in the building.

“While we would be thrilled to have an arena full of cheering fans watching the Sound Tigers play, the health and safety of our fans, players and employees remain the organization’s top priority,” Brent Rossi, President of Business Operations said in a release. “In accordance with state and local protocols regarding public gatherings, the team will play without fans in attendance. All games will continue to be broadcast live through the AHLTV platform and the team’s online radio network.”

The Sound Tigers also announced season tickets for the 2021-22 season are on sale now, beginning at just $42 per month. The new membership-based program includes a simplified seating chart that’s centered around providing fans the opportunity of choosing their location at the same price, including behind the net, by the home tunnel, or up against the glass. Fans can learn more by visiting SoundTigers.com or by calling 203-579-5231.

“We are excited to have hockey officially back in Bridgeport,” Vice President of Ticket Sales Jon Forsberg said. “Despite not being able to have fans join us for this season, we are looking ahead to 2021-22 and our new season ticket options. We have made it a priority to take care of our most loyal customers and this new membership program is designed to take their fandom to a new level.”

The Sound Tigers will be providing all season ticket members — new and existing, a complimentary subscription to AHLTV to follow the team during every live game this year. In addition, all new and renewed members who place a deposit prior to April 1, 2021 will receive an exclusive team jersey.