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T-Birds Release Initial 17-18 Promo Schedule

Aug 24, 2017
Springfield, MA – The Springfield Thunderbirds, proud AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, are pleased to announce the team’s promotional schedule for the 2017-18 season presented by MGM Springfield. Building upon the excitement created in the team’s inaugural season game night experience, the Thunderbirds will unveil new promotions and special offers while maintaining traditions born the year before.
 
“We are excited to take the game night experience a step further this season for our loyal fans,” said Thunderbirds President Nathan Costa. “We had an amazing inaugural season, and we will only be raising the bar for our second season. Stay tuned for some more announcements regarding new promotions that are sure to blow our fans away.”
 
In addition to the exciting events on the 2017-18 promotional schedule, the Thunderbirds and the Springfield Parking Authority will again offer free parking exclusively at the Civic Center Garage on a first-come, first-served basis on game nights throughout the season.
 
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For a second straight season, the Thunderbirds are pleased to unveil a special Friday night offer at the MassMutual Center. On every 3-2-1 Friday night this season, fans can enjoy new and improved deals on concessions. From the time of doors opening and carrying through the end of the first period, fans can purchase select $3 Coors Light drafts, $2 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. Thunderbirds ticket members will also be able to get these great drink specials at every game this season with the new refillable collector’s mug, which comes with every ticket purchase of a full season and 22-game membership.
 
Also on all Friday game nights, the Thunderbirds will once again be showcasing the MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series. Local artists of Springfield and the Pioneer Valley will be spotlighted on the main concourse of the MassMutual Center each Friday beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET.
 
“Thanks to the cooperation between our organization, MGM Springfield and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, we have no doubt that through these new and unique offerings, fans attending Thunderbirds’ games this season will be able to take advantage of extraordinary value,” added Costa.
 


Springfield Thunderbirds 2017-18 Season – At A Glance

 

David Ortiz Night featuring an Appearance by "Big Papi"
(Thunderbirds vs. Laval Rocket, Sat., Nov. 11, 7:05 p.m. ET)

The Springfield Thunderbirds are thrilled to welcome "Big Papi," David Ortiz, to the Thunderbirds game on Saturday, November 11 at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Laval Rocket.

Fans can reserve their place at the MassMutual Center on David Ortiz Night by purchasing an Opening Night Pack. Starting at just $99, Opening Night Pack buyers will receive the following:

  • 2 tickets to Opening Night (Sat., Oct. 14 vs. HFD, 7:05 p.m. ET)
  • 2 tickets to David Ortiz Night (Sat., Nov. 11 vs. LAV, 7:05 p.m. ET)
  • 2 Flex Vouchers redeemable for any 2017-18 Thunderbirds regular season home game
  • 1 Big Papi Commemorative Puck

T-Birds 101 - School Day Game
(Thunderbirds vs. Charlotte Checkers, Weds., Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. ET)

For the first time in Springfield hockey history, the arena will double as a classroom for thousands of Western Massachusetts school children in the first morning School Day game. Elements of the game presentation that morning will provide students a unique educational experience linked to the sport of hockey.

Teddy Bear Toss Presented by Teddy Bear Pools and Spas
(Thunderbirds vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Sat., Dec. 9, 7:05 p.m. ET)

After nearly 3,000 teddy bears rained down onto the MassMutual Center ice a year ago, the Thunderbirds look to raise the stuffed animal donation total during the 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss on Dec. 9. Fans are encouraged to bring new or lightly used stuffed animals to throw onto the ice in celebration of Springfield’s first goal. The stuffed animals will, in turn, be donated to area charities leading up to the holidays.

Blast from the Past Night - Springfield Indians Specialty Jersey
(Thunderbirds vs. Providence Bruins, Sat., Jan. 6, 7:05 p.m. ET)

Springfield will take some time to salute its storied hockey past during a rivalry matchup with Providence. In honoring the past Calder Cup champion Springfield Indians, the Thunderbirds will sport jerseys paying homage to the beloved Indians. Jersey designs will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the game. Following the game that night, the highly sought-after jerseys will be auctioned off live inside the MassMutual Center.

Marvel™ & Hometown Superheroes Night Presented by United Bank
(Thunderbirds vs. Providence Bruins, Sat., Jan. 27, 7:05 p.m. ET)

Not all heroes wear capes, but all heroes will be recognized for Marvel™ & Hometown Superheroes Night. Iron Man™ and Spiderman™ will be among the heroes present, but so too will be the Pioneer Valley’s everyday heroes. Springfield police, fire, and first responders will receive their much-deserved praise and appreciation, complete with appearances by emergency vehicles of the respective departments.

Military Appreciation Night Presented by Big Y
(Thunderbirds vs. Charlotte Checkers, Sat., March 3, 7:05 p.m. ET)

In continued support and celebration of Western Massachusetts’ strong military connection with the Thunderbirds, the team will dedicate a night to the servicemen and women who put their country as a top priority. Special offers for military personnel will be made available for this night, separate from the military pricing available at every home game this season.

Pink in the Rink Presented by Baystate Health to benefit Rays of Hope
(Thunderbirds vs. Utica Comets, Sat., March 10, 7;05 p.m. ET)

An annual tradition was born in Thunderbirds hockey last season with the first ever Pink in the Rink night. After a sellout crowd witnessed a resounding win in the first installment, breast cancer survivors will once again be the biggest warriors on the ice during a poignant pregame ceremony. The Thunderbirds will sport a specialty pink jersey and skate on pink ice as a show of support to those who have battled the disease. Jerseys will be auctioned post-game, with proceeds benefiting the Rays of Hope Foundation in conjunction with Baystate Health.

Pucks N’ Paws
(Thunderbirds vs. Utica Comets, Sat., March 31, 7:05 p.m. ET)

In March of 2016, the Thunderbirds encouraged dog owners to bring their pets to the game for the first time in Springfield hockey history. Pucks N’ Paws will make its comeback to the MassMutual Center exactly a year later. Fans will be able to purchase “dog tickets” to bring their four-legged friends into the game. Dogs and owners will be placed in a special dog section for the evening.

Boomer Bobblehead Presented by Stop & Shop / Fan Appreciation Weekend
(Thunderbirds vs. Providence Bruins, Sat., April 14, 7:05 p.m. ET)

As part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, the Thunderbirds will close their regular season with the second installment of the Boomer Bobblehead, compliments of Stop N’ Shop. Prior to the regular season finale, much like Opening Night, a block party will be part of the closing ceremonies prior to puck drop for the Thunderbirds against the Providence Bruins.


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Friendly's Sundae Fundays
(All Sunday afternoon games, 3:05 p.m. ET: Oct. 15, Oct. 22, Nov. 12, Nov. 26)

The Thunderbirds are pleased to bring back a special value offer for families on Sunday afternoons with the return of Friendly's Sundae Fundays.

A family of four will have the ability to purchase four tickets with food additions (four hot dogs, four small popcorns, four sodas) as part of the Sundae Funday Pack. Four packs will be available for $44 in the Defense zone (sections 28-31, 1-5), $55 in the Attack zone (sections 13-20), and $66 in the Center Value area (sections 6-7, 11-12, 21-22, 26-27).

The Sundae Funday packs will be available for purchase up to 24 hours before Sunday game times at the MassMutual Center. Sundae Funday packs also include four (4) Friendly's Ice Cream Sundae Coupons, redeemable at participating Friendly's restaurants.

Winning Weekdays
(All Monday through Thursday games: Weds., Nov. 8, Weds., Nov. 15, Mon., Jan. 15, Weds., Jan. 17, Weds., Feb. 7)

The Thunderbirds’ five weekday games will provide fans with extra incentives to cheer the team to victory on Winning Weekdays. Should the Thunderbirds win on a weekday, any fan who had a ticket to the winning game will receive a free ticket to a subsequent game on the Thunderbirds schedule.

  • Win on Weds., Nov. 8 = Complimentary Ticket to game Sun., Nov. 12
  • Win on Weds., Nov. 15 = Complimentary Ticket to game Sun., Nov. 26
  • Win on Mon., Jan. 15 = Complimentary Ticket to game Weds., Jan. 17
  • Win on Weds., Jan. 17 = Complimentary Ticket to game Weds., Feb. 7
  • Win on Weds., Feb. 7 = Complimentary Ticket to game Fri., Feb. 16

Springfield Thunderbirds 2017-18 Promotional Schedule Highlights

*Dates and promotions subject to change*
 
OCTOBER
 
Friday, Oct. 27 vs. LV: Halloween at The Thunderdome / 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
 
NOVEMBER
 
Friday, Nov. 3 vs. HFD: Hockey Is For Everyone Night ft. Appearance by Hockey Legend Willie O'Ree - Presented by MGM Springfield
Saturday, Nov. 11 vs. LAV: David Ortiz Night feat. Appearance by "Big Papi"
Wednesday, Nov. 15 vs. CHA: T-Birds 101 – School Day Game / Winning Weekday
Friday, Nov. 17 vs. CHA: 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
Friday, Nov. 24 vs. LV: Black Friday – Salvation Army Kettlebell Kickoff / 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
Sunday, Nov. 26 vs. HFD: Team Poster Giveaway & Post-Game Full-Team Autograph Session / Sundae Funday
 
DECEMBER
 
Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. BRI: Teddy Bear Toss Presented by Teddy Bear Pools and Spas / Princess Night – Appearance by Queen Elsa
Saturday, Dec. 16 vs. HFD: Holiday @ The Thunderdome - Boomer Ornament “Boomer Claus” Giveaway – Sing for Santa
Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. PRO: Star Wars Night
Friday, Dec. 29 vs. HER: New Year’s Bash – Everyone Gets A Kiss (Free Hershey’s Kiss for all fans) / 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
 
JANUARY
 
Saturday, Jan. 6 vs. PRO: Blast from the Past Night / Springfield Indians Throwback Jersey & Post-Game Auction
Monday, Jan. 15 vs. HFD: Kids Take Over the Thunderdome - $5 Kids Tickets / Winning Weekday (Note: 1:05 p.m. ET Start)
Saturday, Jan. 27 vs. PRO: Marvel & Hometown Superheroes Night Presented by United Bank – Not All Heroes Wear Capes – Iron Man & Spider-Man Appearances
 
FEBRUARY
 
Friday, Feb. 16 vs. LV: 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. PRO: T-Birds Spring Training – Baseball Night ft. Boston Red Sox Mascot “Wally”
Friday, Feb. 23 vs. CHA: 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Concert Series
 
MARCH
 
Friday, March 2 vs. HFD: 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
Saturday, March 3 vs. CHA: Military Appreciation Night Presented by Big Y
Saturday, March 10 vs. UTI: Pink in the Rink Presented by Baystate to benefit Rays of Hope – Pink Ice / Specialty Pink Jersey & Auction benefiting Rays of Hope
Friday, March 16 vs. SYR: 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
Saturday, March 31 vs. UTI: Pucks N’ Paws – Dog Tickets & Special Dog Section
 
APRIL
 
Friday, April 13 vs. WBS: 3-2-1 Friday & MGM Springfield Pregame Concert Series
Saturday, April 14 vs. PRO: Boomer Bobblehead Giveaway Presented by Stop & Shop – Fan Appreciation Night / Pregame Block Party


The best way to secure your place at the Thunderbirds' home opener on Sat., Oct. 14 is by becoming a Thunderbirds ticket package holder. Thunderbirds "10 Flex +2" plans offer ten redeemable ticket vouchers for any 2017-18 regular season home game at the MassMutual Center, in addition to two tickets to Opening Night on Oct. 14 at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Springfield Thunderbirds fans are encouraged to visit www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com to learn more about Thunderbirds Season Ticket Memberships. Packages start at $12 per game and feature the most benefits, including an exclusive commemorative jersey. For more information, fans may call the Thunderbirds ticket office at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).

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