Hockey fans in the Atlanta area can enjoy some exciting action on the ice at Gwinnett Gladiators games. The Gladiators are the citys minor league hockey team. With the sale and departure of the NHL Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg earlier this year, the Gladiators are the only professional hockey team left in town.
The Gwinnett Gladiators play in the South Division of the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League), the premier AA hockey league. The team is an affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and the Phoenix Coyotes. The Gladiators were founded in 2003 and have made the playoffs six of their eight years. The team is based in Duluth, Georgia, in suburban Gwinnett County. They play their games at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, conveniently located 30 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta off I-85 at Sugarloaf Parkway. The arena is a state of the art facility seating more than 11,000 fans.
The Gladiators began their ninth season with a new head coach, John Wroblewski. He is the second head coach in the teams history. Wroblewski had a four year career as a professional hockey player. He was most recently an assistant head coach with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.
At the halfway mark in the season, the Gladiators are leading their division. The Gladiators schedule includes games against Greenville, Florida, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Trenton, and Chicago. There is plenty of hockey action left this season, and there are special promotions for some upcoming home games. Kroger Family Sundays include tickets and family meal deals at value prices. Friendly Fridays include tickets and food and beverage concessions. There are a variety of special giveaways on $ Frenzy Nights. Applebees Power Play applies to all home games. When the Gladiators score in a power play situation, everyone at the game scores a Buy One Get One Free entree at Applebees Neighborhood Bar & Grill. Fans just need to present their ticket stubs at the restaurant.
Gladiators hockey is great family entertainment. The games are exciting, with lots of fast moving action. Ticket prices are very affordable. Single game prices range from $11-$31, and fans can save $1 by ordering their tickets online. Official Gwinnett Gladiator team merchandise is available for purchase at all home games.
The Arena at Gwinnett Center is located at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Georgia. It is adjacent to the Performing Arts Center and the Convention Center. Ample free parking is available onsite. Hockey season runs through April, so there is plenty of time left this season to enjoy a home game.