Whoopie!! Macon Embraces the Mayhem
The Macon Mayhem (Southern professional hockey league) season runs thru April 2017!
Considering our climate here in middle Georgia, there aren’t a lot of opportunities for us to enjoy traditional winter sports – the only kind of skiing that gets done around here is behind a boat out on the lake every summer. But lucky for us, the Macon Mayhem, members of the Southern Professional Hockey League, are currently in the midst of their second season here in Macon, and enthusiasm for the team and their always-entertaining games is steadily increasing. We might not be able to play hockey, but we can certainly enjoy visiting the Centreplex and getting to witness the intense, fast-paced, sometimes thrillingly violent sport in action. My friend Darren McClellan describes hockey as “a special place where aggressiveness, finesse, and teamwork have the same goal;” another friend, Alex V. Cook, refers to it as “human pinball on ice.” All the hockey enthusiasts I know – some of whom aren’t traditionally sports fans – reiterate that the game is elegant and tough at the same time, and best of all, that it’s a truly electrifying, never boring sport to watch live and in person.
There’s always something special and exciting going on with the Macon Mayhem – a few notable themes coming up on the schedule of upcoming games include Nickelodeon Double Dare/90s Night/College Night on January 21, Military Night on February 18, and Cherry Blossom Night on March 31st. For each of these events, the team will wear specialty jerseys, and there will be a jersey auction with proceeds going to a local charity. Every game includes some sort of fun interactivity too – whether it’s Kroger Chuck-a-Puck or Fincher’s Dance for your Dinner, there’s always a chance to get involved, have a silly good time, and win some great prizes. Other upcoming special events include the Telegraph Night, Boy Scout Night, Susan G. Komen Night, and lots more – check www.maconmayhem.com for more details, including the schedule of various local venues where Mayhem players will be making appearances.
Community involvement is deeply important to the Mayhem – whether it’s reading books to local elementary school students, collecting donations for Layaway Santa, waiting tables at Texas Roadhouse and donating the tips to charity, or hosting a “Teddy Bear Toss” during which fans threw teddy bears en masse onto the ice that were then collected and donated to Navicent Children’s Hospital, the team works hard at staying active and involved and giving back to middle Georgia in as many ways as they can. Let’s do our part at keeping this dynamic team around for as long as possible – get out there and check out one of their games. There are a variety of seating options – though really, there’s no bad seat in the house – and special deals (including bonus gifts) are available for groups of ten or more. Visit the Mayhem website (click the “tickets” tab), call their office at (478) 803-1592, or contact the Macon Centreplex box office for more detailed information. Friday and Saturday home games start at 7:30 pm; Sunday games begin at 4.
“Don’t look at it as just another sporting event,” says Hillary Burns, Macon Mayhem’s Director of Marketing. “It’s a new source of entertainment, something everybody in the family can truly get into. Our team is made up of a super diverse group of guys, and they really know how to put on a show. It’s fun for date night, guys’ night out, girls’ night out- the possibilities are endless. Who doesn’t want to see a bunch of good looking men, a few fights, and a fast-paced exciting game?”
The Macon Mayhem is proud a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), the nation’s premier single “A” developmental hockey league. Playing their inaugural season in Central Georgia in 2015, the Mayhem organization is proud to bring professional ice hockey back to Macon. The team is owned by Bob and Diane Kerzner and managed by Director of Hockey Operations/Head Coach Kevin Kerr, a former third-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres. For more information on the Macon Mayhem, visit MaconMayhem.com. Single game tickets to any of the team’s 28 home games start at just $13 and are sold through the Macon Coliseum Box Office.