The Wheeling Nailers played a rare morning game at WesBanco Arena on Tuesday, and they did not disappoint the large crowd that was on-hand. Although It was an early start for the team, it was for a great cause.
It’s one of the biggest crowds of the year for the Nailers and definitely one of the loudest. Nearly 5,000 kids from as many as sixteen area school piled in to WesBanco Arena to watch the Nailers take on The Cincinnati Cyclones. It’s all part of their annual Education Day Field Trip. The team invites students from all over the area to come and check out a game and maybe learn something at the same time.
“It’s a fun time for the kids but we also get to teach them as well. We put together a little packet for the school that includes where teams are from, where players are from, how long is the ice, how fast is the puck,” said Nailers vice president, Craig Bommer.
The Nailers also handed out thunder sticks to an already enthusiastic crowd. All in all it was an awesome atmosphere for pro hockey.
Suzy Rudolph is an 8th grader at Indian Creek Middle School and is no stranger to Nailers game. In addition to being an awesome race car driver, she is also a season ticket holder. She usually watches games with her family but today she got to hang out with her friends for part of the game.
“It’s lots of fun and it fun to watch the hockey,” said Rudolph.
The kids all seemed to agree that is was a great way to spend the day
“It’s a great opportunity for people and kids like me,” said Bridge Street Middle School Student, John Olako.
“It’s like a fun experience that we get to do all of there things like go to Nailers games and other places,” said Bridge Street Middle School Student, Natalia Wood.
“We don’t have to do work and it’s a chance to talk to your friends and stuff,” said Bridge Street Middle School Student, Mallory Griffith.
Just in case you’re wondering, the Nailers treated the crowd to an amazing and nail biting come from behind win.