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East Coast Hockey League, Holy Cross, Worcester Railers, Polar Park, Colgate College

WORCESTER — This can be a big-enough metropolis to play host to 2 skilled sports activities groups, however two Opening Nights on the identical time might current an issue.

The ECHL Railers, darkish for 1½ seasons as a consequence of COVID-19 points, have scheduled their return to the DCU Middle ice at 7 p.m. for Saturday, Oct. 23. Because it stands, they are going to be in direct competitors with the primary school soccer sport ever performed at Polar Park, Holy Cross versus Colgate, with kickoff at 6 p.m.

Having been out of motion for a lot of months, the Railers are anticipating a giant crowd for what they regard as one other “inaugural” sport sort of ambiance. The staff has gone up in opposition to Holy Cross soccer on Saturday earlier than, however these video games have been at Fitton Area and earlier begins. The novelty of a sport at Polar Park might change these dynamics.

Extra: Touchdowns on the diamond: Holy Cross to play Colgate in soccer at Polar Park

In response to sources, Railers administration met Tuesday morning to determine potential options however don’t consider the scheduling battle was intentional. The staff solely lately launched its 2021-22 schedule.

Negotiations for the soccer sport, which sources stated initially concerned Harvard, date again to 2020.

“We take into account the Worcester Pink Sox and Holy Cross to be unimaginable companions locally,” stated Railers HC President Stephanie Ramey. “Typically scheduling conflicts happen and we’re working collectively to discover a method to improve the presence of each occasions. On the finish of the day, we’re assured that the DCU Middle will probably be filled with celebrating Railers followers on October 23 and we’re proud to be part of such a vibrant sports activities vacation spot.”

WooSox Govt Vice President-Normal Supervisor for Enterprise and Actual Property Dan Rea III stated he sees no downside resolving issues within the coming weeks.

“We have now a terrific relationship with the Railers. They’re company companions,” Rea stated. “It will come to an amicable conclusion.”

Railers sources stated that discovering a passable answer to the battle is a matter of ongoing talks involving the WooSox and Holy Cross. One challenge is that even when the hockey staff doesn’t lose many followers to the soccer sport, it loses an opportunity to be the one massive sport on the town and the enhance it will get with that form of consideration.

Contact Invoice Ballou at sports activities@telegram.com. Observe him on Twitter @BillBallouTG.

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