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Carolina Thunderbirds offer new fan experiences for 2023-2024 season

The hockey team’s fans can enjoy a game and cheer on players in new ways.

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You’re likely to see a few brawls on the ice.

Photo courtesy of John Holland via Carolina Thunderbirds

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The 2023-2024 season for the Carolina Thunderbirds is underway. Here’s the action you can expect on the ice:

Eyes on the prize

The single A minor professional hockey team is in the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL). They’ve been in Winston-Salem since 2017, and have their sights set on a second title. The team won the Commissioner’s Cup in 2019 and made it to the finals last season.

Head coach Steve Harrison, aka “Coach Harry,” is in his first season with the Thunderbirds. April Ogle, the franchise’s director of marketing, says fans are already noticing his impact.

“Fans were saying in our home opener that in our home opener that they were already seeing that type of unity on the ice and they were attributing it to our new head coach who we just adore,” Ogle told WStoday.

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Thunderbirds players are from around the world, including Canada and Switzerland.

Photo courtesy of John Holland via Carolina Thunderbirds

Flock together

Thunderbirds fans — who call themselves “The Flock” — have been voted the best fans in the FPHL. More than 15,000 fans follow the team’s Facebook page, where many team updates and announcements are posted. Home games at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex draw fans of all ages.

Ogle recommends securing tickets before showing up. Three different season ticket packages are still available. Here’s what you can experience at a hockey game this season:

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There’s plenty of pride in the stands.

Photo courtesy of John Holland via Carolina Thunderbirds

The team’s away games are broadcast live online. The Wrong Number also holds watch parties when the team is on the road.

The Thunderbirds will host CommTech Veterans Night on Friday, Nov. 17. The team’s final home game is April 12, 2024.