Rail Yard Dawgs honored with procession and celebration

Published: May. 4, 2023 at 8:16 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs are hosting a procession and celebration Saturday to commemorate the team’s first-ever President’s Cup championship title.

The hockey team won the title Tuesday at Berglund Center.

Roanoke made history throughout the 2022-2023 season, setting franchise records for the longest winning streak (nine wins), most regular season wins (32), highest regular season standings finish (fourth), and increased average home attendance by nearly 1,000 fans per night during the regular season from the prior year. In the President’s Cup playoffs, the Dawgs won seven of their nine playoff games, hosted the fourth and fifth-largest single-game crowds in SPHL postseason history, and won the championship on home ice after two consecutive overtime victories in the Final.

The procession will kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6 at the corner of 2nd Street and Church Avenue and will end on Williamson Road NE at Berglund Center. The team will be escorted by public safety vehicles along the route to Berglund Center.

The City of Roanoke encourages Dawgs fans and city residents who wish to cheer the team on to see the suggested spectator areas provided on the attached map, and to exercise safety and caution as roads will not be closed to normal traffic.

Railyard Dawgs parade route.
Railyard Dawgs parade route.(Roanoke Railyard Dawgs)

Immediately following the parade, the Dawgs will host a celebration in the Berglund Center Coliseum until 5 p.m. Fans will be able to purchase merchandise and take pictures with the President’s Cup. The event will be free and open to the public.

The Rail Yard Dawgs’ 2023-2024 schedule will be announced this summer. For more information, visit railyarddawgs.com.