OSWEGO, N.Y. – SUNY Oswego Lakers are posed to storm the Deborah F. Stanley Ice Arena on Saturday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. for the biggest hockey rivalry of the year. Whiteout is the highly anticipated rivalry between the Oswego men’s hockey team and their archival from SUNY Plattsburgh.
When the Oswego Lakers meet the Plattsburgh Cardinals, a sea of SUNY Oswego students, alumni and supporters, donning white attire, will line up for hours to attend the usually sold-out game. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Whiteout game:
Where can I buy the tickets?
Tickets are available for SUNY Oswego students and the general public at the Box Office or the Box Office website. Tickets are free for SUNY Oswego students, faculty and staff. For the general public, admissions cost $9 per person and $70 for groups of 10. The Box Office opens at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will remain open through the second period of the game.
According to the Box Office, students hoping to attend the game should claim their ticket immediately as they may not be available when the doors to the ice arena open at 5:30 p.m.
Excited fans begin lining up as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday, at the Marano Campus Centre’s welcome desk, with the line extending back toward WTOP.
Excited Lakers fans had an unusual tradition of throwing bagels on the ice, symbolizing feeding the Cardinals. However, this tradition got out of control and cost the Lakers the 2006 league championship game. Since then, new traditions have emerged. White shirts and towels have now replaced the bagels and students and the energized crowds create their unique chants every year.
In addition to the fan frenzy, Saturday’s game is crucial to the Lakers as a win will improve their playoff seeding.