|Published:||May 23, 2012 4:00 AM EDT|
|Updated:||May 23, 2012 3:27 PM EDT|
ESTERO, Fla. -- Tuesday night's energy at Germain Arena was electric. Fans on and new came back to watch the Florida Everblades win game four with a final score of 3 to 1 over Las Vegas.
For some fans, Tuesday was their first hockey game and they said they're excited to be on the hockey bandwagon.
The last time the Florida Everblades were in the Kelly Cup playoffs was 2005. That was seven years ago. First time hockey fans say now they're in it, to win it.
"We were just interested in seeing just exactly what was going on with the playoffs," said Jennifer Trower, first time fan.
"You don't get to see games like this very often, you got to be able to say oh I was there when they won!" said Raymond Chatain & Lisa Marker, playoff hockey fans.
Bandwagon fans are helping to fill the seats. Typically the 7,200 seat arena is just past half full but playoff games have the seats filling fast.
"Its a chance to bring the first Kelly Cup title of this magnitude really to this entire area," said Alex Reed, with the Florida Everblades.
"I love hockey. What is better than a little arena packed full," said Ashley Soots and Chris Eiceman, hockey fans from St. Louis.
Ticket sales are up, the Everblades fan base is growing and hockey fever is spreading.
"Its just exciting. Especially playoff times are very, the energy is just alive in the arena," said Trower.
If you've been on the fence about coming to a game, Wednesday will be the last game at home for the season. Game five starts at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena, tickets range from $18 to $50.
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