On this day 20 years ago, something very special happened in Belfast.
The Giants’ first home game at the SSE Arena (formerly the Odyssey Arena) was a momentous occasion for this club but also for Belfast.
It was a night to remember and one many of us will never forget. It began a ripple effect that created an army of fans and countless heroes on and off the ice. Since that day, we have cheered and roared together, laughed together, cried together, created unforgettable memories, celebrated Championships and helped transform this city beyond our wildest dreams.
What a ride it’s been. Twenty years on, the Teal Army are stronger than ever and ice hockey has grown to become the biggest indoor spectator sport in Northern Ireland.
We can’t wait to see you back in the SSE Arena. Here’s to the next 20 years!
A View From the Bridge Anniversary edition
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the first Belfast Giants home game, A View from the Bridge return with two special podcasts.
Firstly Patrick, Davy, Simon and Joel chat about the Giants and their standout memories over the last 20 years as well as casting their eye over what may be yet to come in UK Hockey.
This podcast will be followed by a very special download, 'Belfast Giants: An Odyssey'. A View from the Bridge looks back to that first night, 2nd December 2000, with the help from people both on and off the ice that very night. We'll hear how it came about, the excitement of the game and the legacy it created. The lads are joined by Bob Zellar, Kory Karlander, Albert Maasland, Rob Stewart, Mark Cavallin, Jason Wright and many others.