ATLANTIC CITY — As soon as he walked into Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, Mac Mancuso stopped at a concession stand and purchased an Atlantic City Blackjacks No. 21 jersey.

The season-ticket holder and Atlantic City resident then joined brother Chris and friend Keith Corcoran in cheering for the Blackjacks in their first-ever home game, a 42-35 victory against the Columbus Destroyers.

“I’m going to do whatever I can to support them,” said Mancuso, a former state champion wrestler and current assistant coach at Holy Spirit High School. “As soon as they announced the team, we bought season tickets.”

The Mancuso brothers and Corcoran were part of an announced crowd of 6,139 in welcoming the Arena Football League expansion franchise to town.