Tigers fan Mike snares seat for drum
A Telford Tigers fan will be hoping to ramp up the atmosphere at games next season â€“ after he bought a season ticket for his new 26-inch bass drum.
Mike Holt was a regular sight in the stands at Telford Ice Rink last year, leading chants with his smaller 14â€ drum, during Tigers matches.
But after witnessing a rival team bring their own drums to a game, he decided to go one better â€“ and find a bigger, louder drum.
With itâ€™s own seat, of course.
He said: â€œEvery ice hockey game needs atmosphere and itâ€™s one of the things people love about the sport, especially here in Telford.
â€œItâ€™s a big drum, the seat space is tight, and we didnâ€™t want to stand, so it was a case of buying a seat to secure the drum. That way, we know itâ€™s got a seat as much I have.
â€œI had a drum last year and it was an important part of the games for me. But when another team came to the rink with bigger drums, they sounded awesome.
â€œThe aim for me is to re-create that atmosphere every week, so we can help spur the team onto bigger and better things.
â€œMy sister thinks I am crazy and my wife thinks pretty much the same thing! But as the crowds keep growing, I want to make sure Iâ€™m upstairs in the seats, where I can help to generate a good atmosphere.â€
Mr Holt launched a crowdfunding page earlier this summer to fund the drum, with attendances at games expected to break the 1,000-barrier on a regular basis.
He added: â€œItâ€™s a marching bass drum and unfortunately, I wasnâ€˜t in the position to buy it by myself at the time.
â€œSo I started a crowdfunding page and the other fans were really generous, along with a local company, Acute Pest Control, who put in the rest of the money.
â€œA group of fans are going to get together this month and weâ€™ll have a few more drums. The idea is to come up with chants and make next season really special.â€
Mr Holt has been a Tigers fan since 2012 and was inspired to bring a drum when he heard of the club through a friend â€“ despite previously supporting another English Premier League side.
â€œThis will be our fourth season supporting the Tigers and I used to watch the Bison when I live in Basingstoke,â€ he said.
â€œSomeone mentioned the Tigers to me, we came one week and straight away decided this was a wonderful way to spend our Sunday evenings.
â€œHaving the drum is all about generating noise and making sure it travels across the rink, so the team can feel it on the ice.
â€œI like being noisy and creating a good atmosphere. A drum like this one is a really good way of doing that.â€
Telford Tigers fans have until the end ofÂ July 1st to secure their season tickets at the reduced ‘early bird’ price. For details, go to www.tigershockeyuk.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.