The Rockford IceHogs announced they are moving the start times for their home Saturday night games from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. That announcement has gotten a tremendously positive response.
The earlier start will obviously translate to an earlier finish, which will better allow the younger fans to stay and enjoy the entire game. Youngsters are the future fans (and ticket purchasers). Keeping them involved at an early age will help ensure their long-term interest in the team.
Another benefit of the earlier start will be seen by the downtown businesses. Rockford’s downtown area is undergoing a transformation and revitalization. Fans will now have an extra hour to enjoy what the downtown area has to offer and businesses.
Even the players will benefit. They will either get an extra hour to sleep or an earlier start on travel. Over the grind of a six month season, any relief is welcome.
This decision is both simple and smart. Everyone will benefit and there is no downside.
In other scheduling news, the IceHogs will have their Home Opener against the Iowa Wild on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The two teams will play 12 times against each other this season. The rest of the 2017-18 schedule will be released soon.