GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Fans turned out in droves Wednesday evening to support the Grand Rapid Griffins' Calder Cup victory.
The Griffins beat the Syracuse Crunch 5-2 Tuesday night in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals, which was held at War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY. The win gave them the AHL championship title.
Fans were ecstatic over the win Wednesday, eager to touch the trophy and show their support for their hometown team.
Doors opened at 5 p.m. for the celebration event in downtown Grand Rapids. The celebration began at 6 p.m. and aired live on WXSP.
Some waited in line outside Van Andel Arena as early as 11:30 a.m. The first 3,000 fans received a free Griffins Calder Cup championship T-shirt.
"I don't even care about the T-shirt. I just want to see the boys," Sammi Walters said.
Walters, her mom Shelly and her aunt Donna Silva are season ticket holders and were among those who came out to celebrate.
Shelly and Donna's parents were the fourth set of people to get season tickets back in 1996. They have since passed away and the sisters inherited the tickets. Tuesday, they wore their parents' jerseys.
Griffins right wing Andrej Nestrasil used a 24 Hour News 8 microphone to interview one young fan named David after the event. Watch that full interview by clicking here.
Prior to the Van Andel Arena event, the Griffins -- with the Calder Cup -- were at Tavern on the Square in downtown Grand Rapids, taking pictures with fans.
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