Around Town: Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Here in the South, the quintessential fall sport is college football. Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama—whichever your team, pumpkins and pom-poms seem to go hand-in-hand. But in this post, we look at another sport that kicks off in the fall—ice hockey—and Greenville’s very own Swamp Rabbits.
Our city has its very own professional ice hockey team: the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (formerly known as the Road Warriors, not to be confused with the Grrrowl, Greenville’s hockey franchise that folded in 2006).
The ice hockey franchise that is now the Swamp Rabbits came to Greenville in 2010 from Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where they were the Johnstown Chiefs. The original “Road Warriors” name was a nod to the Upstate’s automotive industry, but it never gained any traction in the community. The team announced the name change from the Road Warriors to the Swamp Rabbits (after the local Swamp Rabbit Trail) in August 2015—a move to create a brand with closer ties with the community.
In a Greenville News article, Swamp Rabbits general manager Chris Lewis said of the team’s new name, “We wanted to make additional efforts to really ingrain ourselves in the fabric of the community. As unique as it is, and it may make people raise their eyebrows at first, there’s no doubt that it’s inherently Greenville. It’s specific to this city, and it’s a thing that the community can own along with us.”
The Swamp Rabbits home stadium is the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in downtown Greenville. The team’s 2015-2016 season kicked off in October and runs through early April. Tickets can be as low as $5, making games affordable. For Friday night or Sunday games, the Greenville News Family Fun Pack includes four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four fountain drinks for $60. There are also birthday party packages available.
To learn more, visit http://www.swamprabbits.com/.
In addition to the Swamp Rabbits, Greenville has a minor league baseball team, The Greenville Drive. As far as community sporting opportunities, Greenville Sports League offers a variety of casual, social teams from volleyball to kickball. There’s even a social rugby club, the Greenville Griffins.
Feel free to contact me to learn more about all the Greenville community has to offer.