Wednesday, Jun 19 2013 06:35 PM

Condors' schedule heavy on weekend home dates

BY MIKE GRIFFITH Californian staff writer

Who will be the next coach remains a mystery, but who, when and where the Condors are playing during the upcoming season has been revealed.

The Condors on Wednesday released their 2013-14 season schedule, which starts with an opening-night home game against the Colorado Eagles on Oct. 18.

That game will be a rare Condors-Eagles meeting as the teams play each other just four times (two times in each city).

"We're really excited about the schedule this season with 30 of 36 home games falling on the weekend or on holidays," said Condors President Matthew Riley. "It gives families the opportunity to enjoy fun, affordable and entertaining nights out with something for everyone."

And, as a little added spice, Riley is guaranteeing the Condors, who have not reached the playoffs the past two seasons, will do so this season, or tickets are free.

If the Condors do not make the Kelly Cup playoffs this season, anyone purchasing, or having already purchased, a season ticket plan, Pick-6 or larger, will receive six free tickets for the 2014-2015 season. "We will make the playoffs, I guarantee it," Riley said. "But if we don't, it's no skin off our back, because all of the free tickets will come out of JO's paycheck."

JO is team general manager, John Olver, who was hired on April 11 and charged with hiring a coach and putting a winning team on the ice.

"Thirty years in the hockey business and I have never missed the playoffs," Olver said. "I don't expect that streak to end this season."

The Condors play their first road game in Ontario on Oct. 19 and then return home for back-to-back games on Oct. 25-26. The only Eastern Conference team on the schedule, Florida, is the opponent on Oct. 26. There are no Friday night home games in November, eliminating conflicts with high school football games.

The Condors are never on the road for more than four games and they do not have any homestands longer than four games.

Thirteen games will be played at home on Saturday nights with nine Friday night games and five on Sunday.

The Condors will play San Francisco, Las Vegas, Ontario and Idaho 11 times each. They see their Highway 99 rival Stockton nine times and have eight games against Alaska (six of them there). There are six games against Utah.

Complete schedule on page 53.

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