History was made Sunday night.
The Coachella Valley Firebirds dropped the puck in their desert debut, playing their first home game inside brand-new Acrisure Arena.
And the night ended with a victory.
The Firebirds played well in front of the home fans and earned the win, taking down the Tucson Roadrunners, 4-3 the final.
The atmosphere and energy from the sold-out crowd at Acrisure Arena was electric as fans took part in enjoying professional hockey in the valley.
Cameron Hughes got the game going in the 1st period with the first-ever goal at Acrisure Arena.
CAMERON HUGHES SCORES THE FIRST GOAL OF THE GAME🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/l1I9O6WcaM— Coachella Valley Firebirds (@Firebirds) December 19, 2022
The Firebirds dominated most of the game, at one point going up 4-1 thanks to goals from Jesper Froden, John Hayden, and Tye Kartye.
NOW 4-1 pic.twitter.com/NB1qeyioi8— Coachella Valley Firebirds (@Firebirds) December 19, 2022
It looked like it would be a blowout early on but the Roadrunners made it a game late. The Firebirds were able to hold on and get the 4-3 win.
Really special night at @AcrisureArena for the @Firebirds historic home opener. Happy to play a small part in it, but more importantly, really cool to share in the celebration with the Coachella Valley. That was a lot of fun. @KESQ @BaileyKESQ @Jesus_G_Reyes @Tarp1969 https://t.co/3WYyybSchA— Blake Arthur (@BlakeArthur24) December 19, 2022
KESQ News Channel 3's group of stations will be your go-to place to watch Firebirds games on television.
6.2.21 - Ground Breaking— Bailey Arredondo (@BaileyKESQ) December 19, 2022
1.26.22 - @AcrisureArena announced
2.16.22 - Topping Out
12.18.22 - @Firebirds Home Opener
Coachellaaaaa Valleyyyyyy! LIVE team coverage on @KESQ 📺! @jennfranconews @MarianKESQ @KelleyMoody_ @Jesus_G_Reyes @BlakeArthur24 pic.twitter.com/sDdKIWIGt0
Coachella Valley Firebirds Broadcast Schedule
|Date||Game time||Local Network|
|Sunday, December 18||6:00 PM||FOX 11 Palm Springs|
|Saturday, January 7||6:00 PM||CW Palm Springs|
|Monday, January 16||3:00 PM||FOX 11 Palm Springs|
|Friday, February 3||7:00 PM||KESQ ABC|
|Saturday, February 18||6:00 PM||CW Palm Springs|
|Saturday, March 11||6:00 PM||CW Palm Springs|
|Saturday, March 25||6:00 PM||FOX 11 Palm Springs|
|Saturday, April 1||6:00 PM||CW Palm Springs|
|Saturday, April 8||6:00 PM||FOX 11 Palm Springs|
|Sunday, April 9||3:00 PM||CW Palm Springs|
Stay with KESQ News Channel 3 for continuing coverage of the Firebirds throughout their inaugural season.