We got our first sell out in the Dome tonight. There were 30 tickets left by the time the doors opened and they promptly went :) I don't know if we actually had to turn people away but I know there was incredibly high demand right up until face off.
Neil Morris, our MD, came on to the ice before the game and made his usual end of season speech and revved the crowd in spectacular fashion, a moment that is going to stay with me for a very long time.
He started by pointing out that this is the sixth year that he has owned the Phoenix. When Storm went bust, he bought the team and asked the league to support rebuilding hockey in Manchester. One team turned up - Sheffield. They're also the only team to give Manchester a sell out - 17,245 hockey fans packing out the MEN in '97. Now they've done it for a second time in our, slightly more humble, 2000 seat rink.
Sheffield get a big round of applause in thanks and their fans stand and start the "STEELERS *clapclapclap*" chants.
Neil waits for things to calm, his usual smirk on his face and says "we're incredibly grateful to our biggest rivals. However, tonight you've got to do better than this - Manchester?"
1400 Phoenix raise to their feet in unison and drown out the Steelers with a war chant that still has my ears ringing. It brought a lump to my throat :)
The atmosphere tonight was electric. Long may it continue :)