First Arena to Host Special Alive After Five

The Redeyes to Appear as Music Guest on Opening Night

The Elmira Jackals, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres and AHL's Rochester Americans, and Elmira Downtown have partnered to host a special Alive After Five street music festival on Jackals' opening night on Friday, October 21.


The event, a special addition to the Alive After Five summer series, begins at 4:30 p.m. at First Arena. Local band The Redeyes, from Sayre, Pennsylvania, will perform until 7 p.m. and then the Jackals' home opener will be broadcast to those at the festival. Food and drink will be available at Splitrock at First Arena.

"We are excited to have reached another milestone in what has been an amazing journey in our musical careers," said Nate Wiles, one of the band's founding members. "No doubt this will be a memorable moment for us as we rock for all the excited Jackals fans and continue to grow our fan base in the Southern Tier, but we owe a huge thanks to our families and friends who have helped us make it this far."

The Redeyes were formed in the winter of 2007 with each band member graduating from Athens Area High in 2008. 


"Elmira Downtown is excited to extend the Alive After Five Concert series - and what better date than the opening night of Jackals Hockey in downtown Elmira," said Elmira Downtown Executive Director Jennifer Herrick-McGonigal. "Alive After Five's success is just one more example of our local community stepping up to be part of the change for the City of Elmira, and we love it!" 

The event is free to attend. Alive After Five provides a destination for friends, family and co-workers to gather, unwind, and network while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere.

"Come join us for Alive After Five and then head inside to cheer on your hometown team - the Elmira Jackals," said Herrick-McGonigal.

Fans attending the Jackals' home opener, which begins at 7:05, are encouraged to arrive early to celebrate the return of hockey with fellow fans at the festival before heading into the arena for pregame festivities, which include a special laser show. Tickets to the Jackals' game are available now starting at $14 by calling the First Arena Box Office at (607) 734-7825 or visiting   


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Upcoming Games:

Friday, October 7th: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. Preseason Game

Saturday, October 8th: Elmira Jackals vs. Reading Royals - 7:05 p.m. Preseason Game

Saturday, October 15th: Elmira Jackals at Reading Royals - 7:00 p.m. SEASON OPENER!

Friday, October 21st: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m. HOME OPENER!

Saturday, October 22nd: Elmira Jackals vs. Norfolk Admirals - 7:05 p.m.

Tuesday, October 25th: Elmira Jackals at Adirondack Thunder - 6:00 p.m.