Thunder Announce 25th Anniversary Schedule

Thursday, April 28 2016 1:07 PM

Wichita, KS (April 28th) - The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, are excited to announce their full schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Entering their third year in the ECHL, the Thunder will play a 72-game schedule with 36 games on the road and 36 games at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Wichita will begin its 25th Anniversary season on Saturday, October 15th, which is also the team's home opener, against the Tulsa Oilers. The Thunder will then host the Missouri Mavericks on the following Friday, October 21st, before heading out to the east coast for four-straight games. Wichita will make its first-ever trips to South Carolina, Atlanta and Greenville to close out October.

An early test will come around Thanksgiving, when the Thunder plays six games in nine days with three against Alaska and three against Tulsa. The Aces come in for three-straight on November 18th, 19th and 20th. Wichita will host the Oilers on Wednesday, November 23rd, which is the night before Thanksgiving. The Oilers make a return on Black Friday before the Thunder close out a busy week the following day at the BOK Center on Saturday, November 26th.

Besides making their first-ever trip to three new opponents early in the season, the Thunder will travel to Cincinnati and Fort Wayne in February. It will be the first time the Thunder will play at War Memorial Coliseum since the 2011-12 CHL Finals. Making their first appearance in Wichita will be the Toledo Walleye, who visit for a pair of games in mid-February. Rapid City will also travel to Wichita after not making a trip to the Air Capital last season.

The longest stretch of road games takes place at the end of January as the Thunder heads to Utah and closes out their six-game road trip with three straight at Missouri on February 7th. Wichita's busiest month will be November with nine home games.

Wichita will play 12 home games on a Friday, nine home games on a Saturday and five home games on a Sunday. Once again, the schedule will be heavy with divisional opponents as the Thunder play Missouri, Allen and Tulsa 14 times each. Wichita will play a total of 15 different teams and host 12 different opponents. The Thunder will play a two-game set at Tulsa on News Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Wichita will also be home the day after Valentine's Day against Rapid City on February 15th.

Monday through Saturday home games will start at 7:05 p.m. while Sunday home games will now start at 4:05 p.m.

A full breakdown of the Thunder's 2016-17 schedule is listed below: (home games in bold)

October 15th vs. Tulsa
October 21st vs. Missouri
October 25th at South Carolina
October 26th at Atlanta
October 28th at Greenville
October 30th at Greenville

November 4th vs. Utah
November 5th vs. Utah
November 11th vs. Tulsa
November 12th at Tulsa
November 13th vs. Fort Wayne
November 18th vs Alaska
November 19th vs. Alaska
November 20th vs. Alaska
November 23rd vs. Tulsa
November 25th vs. Tulsa
November 26th at Tulsa

December 2nd at Rapid City
December 3rd at Rapid City
December 9th vs. Allen
December 10th vs. Allen
December 11th vs. Missouri
December 16th at Allen
December 18th vs. Allen
December 23rd vs. Missouri
December 28th vs. Allen
December 30th vs. Allen
December 31st at Tulsa

January 1st at Tulsa
January 4th vs. Cincinnati
January 6th at Missouri
January 7th at Missouri
January 10th vs. Indy
January 13th at Allen
January 14th vs. Missouri
January 20th at Allen
January 21st at Allen
January 22nd vs. Allen
January 25th at Utah
January 27th at Colorado
January 28th at Colorado

February 3rd at Missouri
February 4th at Missouri
February 7th at Missouri
February 8th vs. Colorado
February 10th vs. Colorado
February 11th vs. Colorado
February 15th vs. Rapid City
February 17th vs. Toledo
February 18th vs. Toledo
February 19th at Tulsa
February 22nd at Cincinnati
February 24th at Cincinnati
February 25th at Fort Wayne
February 26th at Quad City

March 3rd vs. Tulsa
March 4th vs. Tulsa
March 8th vs. Allen
March 14th at Missouri
March 17th at Allen
March 18th at Alen
March 22nd vs. Quad City
March 24th vs. Missouri
March 25th at Missouri
March 26th at Quad City
March 28th vs. Quad City
March 31st at Tulsa

April 1st vs. Missouri
April 2nd at Missouri
April 4th vs. Tulsa
April 5th at Allen
April 8th at Tulsa

Home schedule, Day of the Week:
Monday - 0 games
Tuesday - 3 games
Wednesday - 7 games
Thursday - 0 games
Friday - 12 games
Saturday - 9 games
Sunday - 5 games

Home schedule by opponent:
Alaska Aces - 3 games
Allen Americans - 7 games
Cincinnati Cyclones - 1 game
Colorado Eagles - 3 games
Fort Wayne Komets - 1 game
Indy Fuel - 1 game 
Missouri Mavericks - 6 games
Quad City Mallards - 2 games
Rapid City Rush - 1 game 
Toledo Walleye - 2 games
Tulsa Oilers - 7 games
Utah Grizzlies - 2 games

Road schedule, Day of the Week:
Monday - 0 games
Tuesday - 3 games
Wednesday - 4 games
Thursday - 0 games
Friday - 11 games
Saturday - 12 games
Sunday - 6 games

Road schedule by opponent:
Allen Americans - 7 games
Atlanta Gladiators - 1 game
Cincinnati Cyclones - 2 games
Colorado Eagles - 2 games
Fort Wayne Komets - 1 game
Greenville Swamp Rabbits - 2 games
Missouri Mavericks - 8 games
Quad City Mallards - 2 games
Rapid City Rush - 2 games
South Carolina Stingrays - 1 game
Tulsa Oilers - 7 games
Utah Grizzlies - 1 game

Season ticket holders can now renew their seats for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Put down your $50 deposit per seat and pay it off all summer long. Contact a Thunder representative at the office today.

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