Lancers Ready to Open New Home
Thursday October 25, 2012
A rendering of the inside view of the brand new Ralston Arena, home of the Omaha Lancers.
First-ever game to be played in Ralston Arena
After spending the first month of the season on the road, the Omaha Lancers get ready to play their first home game of the 2012-13 USHL regular season on Friday. But this won’t be any ordinary game as the Lancers will play their first-ever contest inside their brand new home – Ralston Sports and Entertainment Center.
The Lancers played their first eight games of the season away from Omaha in order for the finishing touches to be completed on the state-of-the-art facility. Ralston Arena will seat 3,500 fans for hockey and a limited number of tickets remain for the historic opener on Friday night as the Lancers host the Tri-City Storm.
One of the most iconic Member Clubs in the USHL, the Omaha Lancers have won at least 30 games in 20 consecutive seasons. They have also reached the Clark Cup Playoffs in 23 consecutive seasons, a streak unmatched in any major sport. In addition to hundreds of Lancers that have moved on to play NCAA Division I hockey, a large number have reached the NHL, including such players as Paul Stastny, Keith Ballard, Matt Carle, Ryan Malone, and Dan Ellis. Another former Lancer to reach the NHL, and Omaha native, Jed Ortmeyer is scheduled to attend the Lancers home opener on Friday.
Other special hockey guests in attendance for the first USHL game in the Ralston Arena include NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, high-profile NHL agent Pat Brisson, and NHL defenseman Sean O’Donnell.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 11th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2012-13. With 18 NHL Draft picks on team rosters and over 200 players already committed to NCAA Division I schools this season, the USHL has emerged as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent. For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (www.facebook.com/ushlhockey), twitter (www.twitter.com/ushl), and YouTube (www.youtube.com/ushlinteractive). Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (ushl.fasthockey.com).
It’s not just hockey. It’s the USHL.