TUCSON, ARIZONA – The Tucson Roadrunners, Head Coach Steve Potvin, local business executives, fans and corporate partners welcomed the 9th season of Roadrunners hockey in Southern Arizona Thursday at the Tucson Convention Center with Roadrunners President Bob Hoffman announcing Opening Night for the 2024-2025 home campaign is slated for Saturday, October 19 from Tucson Arena.

 The complete 2024-2025 game schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We’re looking forward to our ninth season in front of the best fans in the American Hockey League. The identity of the Roadrunners on the ice mirror the community that we play and live in and we look forward to another successful season of hockey while we continue to add more hockey fans to cheer us on.”

Roadrunners President, Bob Hoffman

“I can’t tell you how proud I am to say that our partners share our same vision of growth and giving. As I walk from my apartment in downtown and make my way to the Convention Center, you can see the amount of growth and giving that happens in Tucson and I can’t tell you how proud that makes everyone feel. From our general manager, to our assistant general manager, to our player development staff, to our coaching staff, to our trainers; we are dedicated to do all that we can to make 2024-2025 another memorable season; and honestly we can’t wait to get back at it and we couldn’t be prouder to do it here in Tucson.”

Roadrunners Head Coach, Steve Potvin

The Roadrunners return to action after a 2023-2024 season that saw the team finish with the most wins in team history (43-23-4-2) as the Whiteout returned to Tucson Arena in the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The team’s 14-percent year-over-year attendance increase in 2023-2024 was the fifth highest in the American Hockey League. The Roadrunners regular season average of 4,191 fans-per-game was less than 200 fans-per-game shy of the team attendance record from the 2018-2019 season. Tucson averaged a team record 5,001 fans-per-game during the 2024 Whiteout Tucson playoff run.

“We love the Roadrunners. We wanted the Roadrunners here. The fans wanted the Roadrunners here. The city wanted the Roadrunners here. Rio Nuevo, the owner of this building, wanted the Roadrunners here. There’s some other people very important to this process, (Alex Meruelo Jr.), they were leaning in from day one on how this could work. They were cooperative, they were in conversations with us daily, between us and the city, some certain governmental things had to happen; but we never saw any demands made of us. Everything we did was collaborative, collective, for the better good of the team, and the best good of the league, we want this to be an AHL community forever.”

Rio Nuevo Board Chairman, Fletcher McCusker

“We are proud to be the home of the Tucson Roadrunners. We’re excited that they’re here for additional time; adding the extra year on to the back end of our existing contract is signaling to Tucson that the Tucson Roadrunners are here to stay. And our job is to make sure that they have a great environment to play in, great community outreach and great fan support.”

Tucson City Manager, Tim Thomure

In the community, Roadrunners Mascot Dusty has made 127 appearances in the last year; while the organization has donated over $200,000 to Southern Arizona community partners through postgame jersey auctions, Tip-A-Roadrunner, Roadrunners Fight Cancer, 50/50 raffle and other fundraising efforts.

Season Memberships for the 2024-2025 season at Tucson Arena are on sale now, starting at $14 a game and include:  enhanced experiences, game flexibility and additional memberships. Tickets can be purchased at

“AHL pro hockey has been in Tucson for eight years and one month; during that time, the Roadrunners brand has become synonymous with Tucson. This team is part of Tucson, they’re part of this community. I’m looking forward to our one-millionth fan this next year.”

Glenn Grabski, Tucson Arena General Manager