The Dayton Gems are taking tickets today, or rather reserverations for tickets. The team has scheduled its coming-out press conference for 10 a.m., June 9, with the first coach to be named then. Their season tickets cost $550, $450 and $350 and include exhibition games and parking.
The team is hoping to have its first home game on Oct. 31, which would be 45 years to the day of the old Dayton Gems' first IHL game. This is also the 50th anniversary of Hara Arena.
How do I know all this? Matt Goshert, the team's director of sales and marketing, is a 1999 Homestead graduate.
"This is the most fun I've had at work in the last year," said Goshert, who has been working as a radio DJ. "We've had a lot of interest at this point. We had a good first day number. I am very pleased with the amount of interest that we've gotten from the community so far."
Former long-time Gem Guy Trottier will be the team's director of hockey operations, and former Gems' player and coach Warren Beck will be the director of business operations. That's a very solid foundation to start with.