The Atlanta Gladiators revealed the team’s 2016-2017 schedule on Thursday, with Opening Night set for Friday, October 14th, at 7:35 PM against the Toledo Walleye. The Gladiators will also face the Walleye the following evening at Infinite Energy Arena, with a start time of 7:05 PM. The Gladiators will host 11 different teams over the course of their 36 home games from mid-October through mid-April, some of which include a first look at recent additions to the ECHL. The Tulsa Oilers (OK) and the Wichita Thunder (KS) began ECHL play during the 14-15 season, and will make their first trip to Duluth in January and November, respectively. Similarly, in October, Atlanta will make its first trip to Texas to take on the Allen Americans, who joined the league in 14-15 as well. Also visiting the Infinite Energy Arena will be five teams very familiar to Gladiators fans. Division foes Greenville, South Carolina, Florida, and Orlando have multiple stints in town, as do the Norfolk Admirals. Fans should also recognize the Toledo Walleye and Elmira Jackals, both longtime ECHL member teams, and the Adirondack Thunder and Manchester Monarchs - both of whom made first visits to Duluth last season. 25 of the team’s 36 home games will fall on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, with six additional holiday games occurring when local children are out of school.Fan favorite dates returning for the 16-17 season include the Gladiators annual Thanksgiving game (11/24 vs. Norfolk) and the MLK Jr. Holiday Kids Day Out game (1/16 vs. Norfolk @ 12:35 PM). Games occurring on Tuesday through Thursday, as well as Saturday, will continue to start at 7:05 PM. Friday home games have a 7:35 PM start time, and Sundays will remain at 2:05 PM.A complete list of all 16-17 Gladiators home game dates will follow this press release. The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nations premier AA hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Infinite Energy Arena, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top Things To Do in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit AtlantaGladiators.com, or like the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at gladshockey . GLADIATORS HOCKEY 2016-2017 HOME SCHEDULE:Toledo 10/14/2016Toledo 10/15/2016Wichita 10/26/2016Elmira 11/4/2016Orlando 11/5/2016Florida 11/8/2016Florida 11/11/2016Norfolk 11/24/2016Norfolk 11/25/2016South Carolina 11/27/2016Greenville 11/30/2016Orlando 12/9/2016Orlando 12/11/2016Greenville 12/23/2016South Carolina 12/27/2016Florida 12/29/2016Florida 12/30/2016Tulsa 1/5/2017Tulsa 1/6/2017South Carolina 1/8/2017Cincinnati 1/14/2017Norfolk 1/16/2017South Carolina 1/21/2017Greenville 1/27/2017Greenville 1/28/2017Florida 2/3/2017Florida 2/4/2017 Orlando 2/7/2017Adirondack 2/17/2017Adirondack 2/18/2017South Carolina 3/10/2017Greenville 3/11/2017Greenville 3/12/2017Florida 3/14/2017South Carolina 4/5/2017Greenville 4/8/2017-###-
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