The Havoc ‘do it right’ as a professional team in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Fans continued to voice their frustration about the city's departing baseball team Friday, after news broke that the former home of the soon-to-be-defunct Huntsville Stars is expected to be demolished.

But one professional team is still going strong in Huntsville.

The Havoc are in their eleventh season in the Rocket City and, in that time, more than one million fans have attend their games.

As the city's foremost professional franchise, the hockey team has endured for more than a decade and season ticket holder Chris Reed has been there for every season.

"This team has a draw about it, a magnetism that puts you in the seat night after night after night," said Reed.

With a season ticket base of roughly 1,500, the organization continues to breakaway from the city's other pro teams in the eyes of the fans.

"There's a lot that could be learned out of their front office," said Reed.

Much of the team's loyal fandom is thanks in large part to its success on the ice. The Havoc suffered only three losing seasons and missed the playoffs just once since 2004.

But veteran season ticket holder Forest Steakley said the fans also come because of what the organization does off the ice, with ticket prices and promotions.

"The Havoc pay attention to detail. They do it right here."

Prior to Friday night's game against Pensacola, the Havoc were in the midst of a 12-game losing streak and in last place in the SPHL standings. Despite their record, the team is second in the league in attendance, averaging more than 3,500 fans per game this year.

"Even if the team is not doing so great on the ice, you still walk away, you've had a fun experience," said Reed.

If all goes according to plan, the Havoc will still be around to play in front of another one million fans.

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