Home opener a success for Lansing Ignite

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The home opener was a success, both on and off the pitch, with a nearly packed house at Cooley Law School Stadium for the first of many Lansing Ignite home games.

"The supporters were a big part of how the game turned out, and they were important,” said Head Coach Nate Miller. “It was great to see so many people out here, and it was a fun night...our guys put on a good show."

"The fan base and the community…to see them all surround the team is really cool...I’m happy to be here," said Matt Scarano, an Ignite fan.

Thousands braved the cold temperatures and winds, ready to ignite downtown Lansing.

"April in Michigan can be pretty dicey as far as the weather's concerned, said General Manager Jeremy Sampson. “I’m really pleased with the turnout, the city of Lansing has really supported this professional soccer team since our announcement in late October.

Some hope it's a sign of things to come in Lansing.

"I think we can make this place a fortress...make it really hard for people to come here,” said Miller.

Others are thankful for the experience.

"I just want to thank the community for coming out and supporting," said Sampson.

"The atmosphere was amazing...there were so many fans there...and we appreciate it a lot," said defenseman Grant Stoneman.

That gratitude was proven with a win Saturday night.