T-Birds Announce David Ortiz Night Sellout

Nov 8, 2017
Springfield, MA - The Springfield Thunderbirds today announced that their game on Saturday, November 11 - David Ortiz Night - has officially sold out, making it the second MassMutual Center sellout for a Thunderbirds game this season. This special game night is presented by Gagliarducci Construction, Fontaine Bros., Inc., Thermo Pride, and USA Hauling.
“Hey @thunderbirdsahl congrats on the Opening Night sellout," Ortiz said in a statement on his social media accounts on October 23. "(I) can't wait to see you all on Nov. 11, heard it's going to be a packed house!!!"
Before the game, there will be a special VIP Meet-and-Greet for David Ortiz Night VIP package holders, which will include a photo with Big Papi.
‘Big Papi’ will then be in the spotlight for a pregame puck drop ceremony, as well as throughout the first intermission, where he will be down on the ice for special entertainment and activities. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to receive a special edition oversized David Ortiz card commemorating the evening.
"We have had David Ortiz Night circled on our calendar ever since the announcement of his appearance earlier in the fall," said Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa. "We are thrilled to say we will be packing the MassMutual Center for what is sure to be one of the storybook nights in Springfield Thunderbirds history as we salute a true icon to so many people in Western Massachusetts."
During the game, the Thunderbirds will be wearing Red Sox inspired specialty jerseys, which will be up for sale in a live, post-game auction on the MassMutual Center concourse. In addition, Ortiz will be bringing the 2013 Red Sox World Series trophy on his journey to Springfield. Fans will have the opportunity to take pictures with the trophy free of charge, made possible with the support of MGM Springfield. 
"We are so excited to give our fans the opportunity to be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Thunderbirds Managing Partner Paul Picknelly. "When we talk about our goal of providing great value and premium entertainment to fans throughout our region, this game comes to mind. This would not be possible without the collaboration of our local ownership group and our front office to make this night a special memory our fans can hold for the rest of their lives."
While November 11 will mark Ortiz’s appearance in Springfield, it will not be the only night where 'Big Papi' is highlighted on the promotional calendar. On Saturday, February 17, Ortiz's appearance in Springfield will be commemorated with a special edition bobblehead depicting the beloved 'Big Papi' in a Thunderbirds jersey.
Springfield Thunderbirds fans are encouraged to visit www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com to learn more about Thunderbirds Season Ticket Memberships. Packages start at just $12 per game, and Thunderbirds Full Season Ticket Members receive the most benefits, including a refillable collector’s mug and a commemorative jersey. For more information or to order now, call (413) 739-GOAL (4625) or visitwww.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com.
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