NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals are proud to announce that the Stanley Cup will visit Norfolk Scope Arena on Friday, February 25. Admirals fans will have the opportunity to see Hockey’s Holy Grail when the Admirals face off against the Charlotte Checkers.
"We are very excited to have the Stanley Cup back at Scope next week," said Admirals Vice President Joe Gregory. "Since the last time it was at Scope more than three years ago, the number of former Admirals with their name engraved on the Stanley Cup has more than doubled. This is an outstanding opportunity for Admirals fans to see how the players they are watching today can be the stars of tomorrow."
“We are very thankful to the Hockey Hall of Fame for giving us this opportunity.”
Season ticket holders will have an exclusive viewing opportunity from 4:45 – 6:30 p.m. in the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall (with a valid season ticket). The general public will then have the opportunity to view the Stanley Cup from 6:30 p.m. through the end of the Admirals game in the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall (with a valid ticket to Friday night's game).
The Stanley Cup is the oldest trophy in North American professional sports. It was originally donated in 1892 by Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston and son of the Earl of Derby. The Cup was to be presented to “the championship hockey club of the Dominion of Canada.”
Since 1926, only National Hockey League teams have competed for the Stanley Cup. It is one of the most difficult championship trophies to win, as it takes 16 playoff victories to claim the chalice. The Admirals’ NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, won the 2004 Stanley Cup. Last season, former Admirals staff and players Al MacIsaac, Mike Haviland, Mark Bernard, Dave Bolland, Troy Brouwer, Adam Burish, Dustin Byfuglien, Colin Fraser, Jordan Hendry, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Kris Versteeg each had their name engraved on the Stanley Cup as members of the 2010 Champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The Stanley Cup is the only trophy in professional sports where the name of every member of the winning team is inscribed. There have been numerous alterations to the Cup structure. Bands are often retired to make room for new champions. Retired bands, along with the original Stanley Cup bowl, are on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The Stanley Cup is 35 ¼ inches tall and weighs 34 ½ pounds.
Each year upon presentation of the trophy to the championship team, a summer of celebration begins, as each of the organization’s player and staff enjoy 24 hours with the Cup – a tradition which has no rival in any sport. In its many years of existence, the Stanley Cup has traveled around the world, including stays in Russia, Japan and Switzerland as well as atop mountain peaks through the Rockies and inside igloos inside Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut.
Overshadowing all other championship trophies in sports, the legend and glory of the Stanley Cup continues to live in the dreams of hockey players and fans alike.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.