The Seagulls are one of the hottest teams in the American Hockey League. They’ve won seven games in a row and now they’re getting Trevor Zegras, fifth in ice hockey, back from the Ducks.
While playing their home games at Irvine’s PivePoint Arena (the Ducks training facility) during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seagulls went out of their way to make sure they were all over again to the people they are still in San Diego say.
With California plans to allow fans to attend indoor events starting April 15, the Seagulls had been hoping to play games at the Pechanga Arena San Diego this season. They had actively investigated the possibility of a return before the playoffs.
Unfortunately that won’t happen.
ASM Global, the company that operates the Pechanga Arena, and the Seagulls agreed that the Seagulls would play in Irvine for the remainder of their season and return home at the start of the 2021-22 season.
“We’re on our way to the playoffs for The Gulls and are already working with the team on planning and preparing to bring the Gulls home to the Pechanga Arena to play in front of their local fan base and start the 21-22 AHL season this fall, “said ASM Global in a statement.
One of the main reasons is timing.
On April 15, the Seagulls have 14 games left in their shortened season, but only five at home (against Henderson from April 24). The arena is already booked for the San Diego Opera Spring Festival from April 24th to May 1st, so there aren’t enough games to play to warrant shedding a fresh sheet of ice.
“While we are excited to see our great fans again at Pechanga Arena, the recently updated state guidelines for indoor events do not provide ASM Global with the time necessary to keep the arena up and running for the remainder of the 2020-21 season Prepare business operations, “he told the seagulls in a statement.
The Pechanga Arena has earned a reputation as the best home advantage in the AHL. For a man, seagull players say they miss playing in front of the noisy crowd.
“As the cornerstone of the Gulls organization, we would like to thank America’s best fans for their continued support and look forward to welcoming fans back to the Pechanga Arena for the Gulls Games this fall.”