ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the team has reached an agreement with Graham Media Group to air two Solar Bears home games on WKMG-TV News 6 during the 2019-20 season:
- Saturday, Oct. 12 vs. South Carolina Stingrays – 7 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 15 vs. Norfolk Admirals – 7 p.m.
The Oct. 12 broadcast marks the first time in eight seasons of ECHL hockey that the Solar Bears will televise their home opener.
“Hockey is back and News 6 is excited to televise the puck drop for the Orlando Solar Bears’ home opener on October 12,” said Jeff Hoffman, VP/General Manager of WKMG-TV News 6. “We’re proud to partner with such a community-centric organization as they reinforce our commitment to Getting Results.”
Play-by-play duties will be handled by Solar Bears director of communications and broadcasting Jesse Liebman, now in his fifth season with the organization. Joining Liebman in the booth for the home opener to provide color commentary is Matt Sammon, a veteran of 24 years in the broadcasting industry, including 18 years with the Tampa Bay Lightning, most recently as the team’s director of broadcasting and programming. Jamia Erban, the team’s in-arena host, will provide interviews and rink-side reports during the game.
“We’re once again excited about the opportunity to provide a world-class broadcast experience for hockey fans throughout Central Florida thanks to our partnership with WKMG-TV News 6,” Solar Bears president Chris Heller said. “Having our Opening Night game air on News 6 allows everyone with a television set in the region to enjoy the full experience of Orlando Solar Bears hockey.”
About WKMG-TV News 6:
WKMG-TV News 6 is part of Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company (NYSE: GHC), which owns seven local television stations - each in a top-70 market and all recognized as news leaders. WKMG is dedicated to bringing Central Florida’s nine counties information that matters to their lives. From original local programming, relevant investigative and consumer stories, and up to the minute breaking news and weather, News 6 thrives on sharing compelling, empowering stories with the community. As one of Central Florida’s preferred sources for local news and weather, WKMG is committed to providing that same content across every screen the viewer owns. That commitment is evidenced by their top-ranked, news breaking website clickorlando.com.
Opening Night is Oct. 12:
The Orlando Solar Bears open their eighth season of ECHL hockey against the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. Opening Night tickets are on sale via the Amway Center box office and Ticketmaster – CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS TO OPENING NIGHT – a limited number of tickets are still available. Single-game tickets for all Solar Bears home games are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and Ticketmaster. CLICK HERE to download the calendar for the 2019-20 season.
Pre-Order New Jerseys:
The Orlando Solar Bears will wear new jerseys for the 2019-20 season. An extremely limited quantity of replica jerseys are available for pre-order online, with adult sizes available for $149.95 and youth sizes available for $109.95. Fans can visit bit.ly/OSBJerseys to place a pre-order today.
2019-20 Season Ticket Memberships on Sale Now:
Upgrade to Solar Status and become a Season Ticket Member today. Season ticket memberships for the 2019-20 season are now on sale and start as little as $270 – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.
2019-20 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:
The 2019-20 Orlando Solar Bears season is presented by XYMOPrint, Orlando’s digital printing experts. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2021 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 15% off their first order and a free Orlando Solar Bears poster!
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In seven seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.