TOLEDO, Ohio - Hockey will return to Fifth Third Field next year.
The Toledo Walleye announced Tuesday the return of Winterfest in 2020. The event, presented by Promedica, will take place in December of 2020 and will feature an outdoor Walleye game.
“Winterfest captured a moment and turned the spotlight on Toledo when we hosted the event in 2014-15,” says President and CEO of Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye Joe Napoli. “We received tremendous support and I can’t wait to showcase our city now, five years later, with the addition of Hensville, Promenade Park, Middlegrounds Metropark, rooftop bars, new restaurants and so much more by 2020. The first Winterfest had such a collaborative spirit and we’re excited to see what our community partners can do this time.”
Toledo became the first and only city in the ECHL to host an outdoor game when when the first Winterfest was held in 2014. More than 50,000 people attended the event that featured two outdoor Walleye games, youth and high school hockey tournaments, a college hockey doubleheader and a fanfest.
“ProMedica is excited to be the title sponsor of the Walleye Winterfest once again,” said Randy Oostra, president and CEO of ProMedica. “It’s a fantastic community event that brings tens of thousands of people out to watch outdoor hockey and partake in holiday-related activities while experiencing and contributing to the positive transformation that continues in downtown Toledo.”
The dates and events for Winterfest 2020 will be announced at a later time.