BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - Saturday night the Binghamton Senators played its final home game in the Southern Tier, but AHL hockey is not leaving Binghamton and the new organization, the Binghamton Devils are off to a fast start.
"Well we are the B-Devils, the Binghamton Devils, right now," said Executive Vice President of Operations Tom Mitchell.
From this time last year, the the organization is up 140 percent on new season memberships, eight percent on retention, and 22 percent across the board on full and half-season memberships.
"Hockey has been here for so long it seems like it doesn't matter what team is coming in here," said Vice President of Sales Marc Witt. "This community supports it, and they are going to be here all year round."
"People are excited about it," said Mitchell. "Maybe there will be a stronger identity with a U.S. based team and a team that is not far away, a team that has a lot of their games on TV locally. And I think people are just happy to see the American Hockey League is staying in Binghamton."
Longtime B-Sens season ticket holder Mike Mazzanoble says renewing with the B-Devils was an easy decision.
"Oh, there was no question about it," said Mazzanoble. "New team, I support every team that has been here, and there was no hesitation in supporting the Devils."
As for when fans can expect the Binghamton Devils to be at full force.
"It's going to take a little bit of time to change signage and things like that but I think around the first of July, somewhere in there, we are going to have a welcome celebration somewhere locally," said Mitchell.
Mitchell says to expect the new logo around that time as well. The Albany Devils are the three seed out of the North Division in the AHL playoffs. They begin their quest for a Calder Cup Thursday night in Albany against Toronto.